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Nancy Burke

B.A.: UT Knoxville
M.A.: University of Oregon
PhD.: University of New Mexico
(415) 514-9419

hsri member nancy burke
Research Interests: 
  • Global health
  • Social inequalities in health/health disparities
  • Health behavior
  • Cancer
  • Oral health
  • Medical anthropology
  • Clinical trials recruitment/research participation
  • Refugees
  • Survivorship
  • Immigration
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts
Bylaw 55 Unit: 
Public Health
Recent Success: 
Principal Investigator of National Institute of Nursing Research R01 (Health literacy systems in the safety-net: Lessons from complex care management.)
Community Affiliations: 
Shanti Breast Cancer Program
Pilipino Senior Resource Center
Member of HSRI Executive
Graduate Courses: 
Grant writing, Professional Seminar, Qualitative Research Methods, Mixed Methods, Health Behavior Theory
Undergraduate Courses: 
Qualitative Research Methods
Graduate Student Research: 
Health effects of immigration policy
Social capital and networks among rural African Americans
Breast cancer screening disparities
Family networks and long term care in Merced, Co.
Refugee Oral Health
Ethnography of Behavioral Health
Current Graduate Students: 
Past Research Topics: 
Oral Health Disparities
Cancer Clinical Trial Recruitment
Filipina Breast Cancer Suvivorship
Area Of Expertise: 
Global Health
Oral Health
Social Inequalities
Health Literacy
Clinical Trials Recruitment
Tobacco Cessation
Field of Study: 
Medical Anthropology
Year Joined UC Merced: 
Nashville, TN
Current Funding Needs: 
Funding to support community led research partnerships
Graduate student funding for health literacy and cancer disparities research
Current Research Focus: 

Current work focuses on a number of topics including:

  • Organizational health literacy innovative models and care for the structurally vulnerable
  • Understanding and promoting oral health literacy
  • Tobacco cessation interventions for LEP groups
  • Breast cancer screening and survivorship