University of California, Riverside

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Richard Carpiano

Richard Carpiano

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology

School of Public Policy
4157 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-5405

Research Areas

  • Population Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Place- and Network-based Community
  • Social Capital
  • Vaccination Uptake, Hesitancy, and Policy
  • Research Methods


  • Ph.D., Sociomedical Sciences (with concentration in Sociology), Columbia University, 2004
  • M.Phil., Sociomedical Sciences (with concentration in Sociology), Columbia University, 2003
  • M.P.H., Case Western Reserve University, 2001
  • M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 1998
  • B.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 1997


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Richard M. Carpiano is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-editor (with Brian Kelly of Purdue University) of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the leading journal for medical sociology scholarship.

Carpiano is a medical sociologist and population health scientist who studies how social factors, such as socioeconomic status, race-ethnicity, social connections, and community conditions, contribute to the physical and mental health of adults and children. His research focuses on an extensive range of health issues and populations, spanning the life course and US and international contexts. Some of his current and past projects examine social determinants of child undernutrition, childhood asthma, early child development, HPV vaccination, smoking and alcohol use among adults, body mass index among women, substance use and sexual risk among gay men, suicide ideation among immigrants, and life expectancy/mortality risk among high status individuals. The most recent arm of Carpiano’s research program investigates social, behavioral, and attitudinal factors underlying child vaccination uptake and coverage (and refusal or delay) in the US and Canada. His solo- and co-authored publications have appeared in forums such as the American Journal of Public Health, American Sociological Review, Health & Place, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, and Sociology of Health & Illness.

Carpiano received his Ph.D. (2004) in Sociomedical Sciences (with concentration in Sociology) from Columbia University, his M.P.H. (2001) from Case Western Reserve University, and M.A. (1998) and B.A. (1997) in Sociology from Baylor University. From 2004-2006, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

School of Public Policy
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South

Tel: (951) 827-5564


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