Worthen, Miranda E

Worthen, Miranda E

Associate Professor, Health Science & Recreation


Preferred: miranda.worthen@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-2977

I am on sabbatical during the 2019 - 2020 academic year and will not be regularly checking my voicemail. Please email me instead.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, 2012
  • Master of Philosophy, International Development, Oxford University, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, Government, Harvard Univ, Massachusetts, United States, 2001


Pronouns I use: she, her, hers.

My work focuses on evidence-based and science-based research and programming to support a diversity of populations, with an emphasis on ensuring that the vulnerable are able to fulfill their entitlement for health, including transgender individuals and women pregnant with fetuses

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My latest article is about titled "The transformative and emancipatory potential of participatory evaluation: reflections from a participatory action research study with war-affected young mothers" and is available Open Access here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13600818.2019.1584282 

You can find the video abstract for my article, The Solace of an Uncertain Future, here: video abstract

You can find my JAMA article where I talk about my experience being on the receiving end of medical errors here: After the Medical Error


Dr. Worthen is an Associate Professor at San Jose State University. She coordinates the undergraduate Public Health Program in the Health Science & Recreation Department.

Dr. Worthen teaches Epidemiology (HS 161) and Global Health (HS 176) in the undergraduate program and Epidemiology (HS 261) in the MPH Program.

Dr. Worthen's research focus is at the intersection of public health and social justice, often with a focus on war-affected people. Her current work examines disparities in college student experiences from a student-centered perspective.

From 2006-2010, she was the Co-PI on a participatory action research study with young mothers in West Africa who had been child soldiers. That work has been widely cited, including in the UNICEF Paris Principles. From 2009-2012, Dr. Worthen directed a mixed-methods study aimed at understanding reintegration challenges for U.S. Veterans. Dr. Worthen worked on grants supporting youth risk prevention programming at the Native American Health Center in Oakland from 2012-2014 and was the PI on a community based participatory research study on tobacco cessation with Native Youth from 2014-2015.

Dr. Worthen regularly teaches participatory research methods, including at a weeklong CBPR Training Institute hosted at San Francisco State University.