Professor, Health Science & Recreation
Alternate: 408 924-2970
Please go to http//www.sjsu.edu/faculty/gerstman/ for further information.
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Davis, 1989
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Suny At Binghamton, New York, United States, 1975
Master of Public Health, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, California, United States, 1984
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science, Cornell Univ-Nys Statutory Col,
New York, United States, 1980
Dr. Gerstman earned his Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Comparative Pathology from the University
of California at Davis, and his M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of California
at Berkeley. He also has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University
and a Bachelors degree in biology from the State University of New York Binghamton,
Harpur College. He has been at SJSU since 1990 as an Associated Professor (1990 –
1996) and Professor (1996 – present) where he has taught Epidemiology, Principles
of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Computational Public Health Statistics, Introductory
Health Statistic (General Education), Understanding Your Health (General Education),
and The History of Public Health (Freshman Seminar). Before that, he was an epidemiologist
at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Fellow at the US Public Health Service
Epidemiology Training Program. He has taught at the NIH Graduate School Foundation
for the Advancement of Science, has won numerous awards, and is widely published in
peer reviewed journals. He is author of two best-selling textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed
articles which have been published in top-level public health and biomedical journals.
The third edition of his epidemiology text (Epidemiology Kept Simple, Wiley-Blackwell,
Oxford, England) was released in 2013; the first edition of his biostatistics text
(Basic Biostatistics: Statistics for Public Health Practice, Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury,
MA) has been an international success. Dr. Gerstman’s is currently conducting research
on hormonal contraceptive safety, stroke prevention, and diagnostic procedure reliability.
He occasionally serves as a statistical consultant for Santa Clara County Public Health.