Niloofar Bavarian, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Niloofar Bavarian, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science at CSULB. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Prevention Science Research Training Program at UC Berkeley and the Prevention Research Center. 

With respect to teaching, Dr. Bavarian views her role as that of a facilitator.  She uses her experiences as a Health Educator and Prevention Scientist to help bring to life concepts taught in the classroom. She also believes every student has a background worthy of being shared and, as such, Dr. Bavarian aims to promote discussion within the classroom as a means of enhancing the learning experience. She enjoys teaching both undergraduate- and graduate-level classes.  Examples of classes Dr. Bavarian has taught at CSULB include Biostatistics, Health Behavior Theory, and Applied Concepts of Health Science.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Prevention Science Research Training Program University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. Public Health -  Health Promotion & Health Behavior Oregon State University 
  • M.P.H. Public Health -Health Promotion & Health Behavior Oregon State University
  • B.S. Biological Sciences University of California, Santa Barbara 

To date, her research, which represents collaborative efforts with interdisciplinary teams, has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences.  Her current projects focus on 1) prescription drug abuse, 2) high-risk alcohol use, and 3) evaluation of a social-emotional and character development program. Having been the recipient of high-quality mentoring, Dr. Bavarian is committed to providing research mentorship to the next generation of Prevention Scientists.

Dr. Bavarian’s research uses theory to examine determinants (intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental) of health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors among youth and young adults.  She is a Prevention Scientist with extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating health programs.  

  • Health Science 698: Thesis
  • Health Science 697: Directed Studies
  • Health Science 590: Independent Study
  • Health Science 570: Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science
  • Health Science 503: Advanced Community Health Statistics
  • Health Science 440: Applied Concepts of Health Science
  • Health Science 403: Community Health Statistics
  • Health Science 401: Community Health Education
  • BUILD Mentoring Community (BMC): A Faculty Mentoring Course
  • BUILD SURGE 2: A Summer Course for BUILD Scholars
  • UNIV 495: BUILD Learning Community
  • UHP 496: Honors Thesis