Ricky Bluthenthal

Expert in needle exchange programs, HIV testing, HCV testing, PrEP, injection drug use and opioids, health disparities, community-based participatory research methods, qualitative and mixed-method research designs.

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Social Justice

Keck School of Medicine


  • HIV epidemiology and prevention for injection drug users and gay men Community influences on health behaviors and risk (e.g. needle exchange programs, HIV testing, HCV testing, PrEP)
  • Drug use epidemiology (particularly, injection drug use and opioids)
  • Health disparities
  • Community-based participatory research methods
  • Qualitative and mixed-method research designs

Additional Information

  • Published over 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Co-founder of the Oakland, CA needle exchange program in 1992
  • Founding board member of the Harm Reduction Coalition (New York, New York & Oakland, CA)

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