Julie Becker PhD, MPH

Julie Becker PhD, MPH

Program Director, MPH Program

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health


PhD, Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia PA

MPH, Environmental Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

MA, Science, Technology and Public Policy, George Washington University, Washington, DC

BA, Chemical Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Research Interests

  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Youth Violence Prevention
  • Youth exposure to nature


Dr. Becker is a specialist in environmental health and has taught in many public health and nursing programs throughout the region. Her research interests include pharmaceuticals in the environment and evaluations of community-based participatory research efforts, with publications in both areas as well as other public health issues including youth violence prevention. Dr. Becker has established three non-profits and is still affiliated with the award winning, Women's Health and Environmental Network, (WHEN) which champions our health through environmental action. She founded her own public health consulting firm, specializing in evaluation and assessment, with the emphasis of “putting research into practice” by using the tenets of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Becker is spearheading the Philadelphia Partnership for Pharmaceutical Pollution Prevention (P5), a collaborative group of federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and academics that utilize research to develop better practices in pharmaceutical waste management. She is currently developing international efforts on reducing and mitigating pharmaceutical waste. She completed a fellowship with the CDC Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Swan, BA, Becker J, Brawer R, Sciamanna CN. Factors Influencing the Implementation of a Point of Care Screening Tool for Delirium. MEDSURG Nursing. November-December 2011, Volume 20, No.6, pp.318-322.

Becker J, Mendez-Quigley T, Phillips M. Nursing role in the pharmaceutical life cycle. Nursing Administration Quarterly (1550-5103). 2010 Oct-Dec. Vol.34, Iss.4; p.297-305.

Becker, Julie A.; Ortner, Pamela M.; Tullai-McGuinness, Susan, Don't Rush to Flush: Safer Pharmaceutical Practices for Hospice Home Care and Home Health Nurses. Home Health Care Management & Practice (1084-8223) 4/1/2010. Vol.22, Iss.3; p.202-206.

Hausman AJ; Hohl B; Hanlon AL; Becker J; Branas CC; Hayden UT; Thomas N; Fein JA. Translating community-specified indicators of program success into measurable outcomes. Journal Of Public Health Management And Practice: JPHMP (1550-5022) 2009 Nov-Dec. Vol.15,Iss.6;p.E22-30.

Becker, J. Minding the Gap: Research Priorities to Address Pharmaceuticals in the Environment. White paper for Health Care Without Harm, Healthcare Research Collaborative. February 2010.

Contact Information

Office location: FOW, Room 133
Mailing address: Box 22
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.7028

j [dot] becker [at] usciences [dot] edu