Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH (UCSF)


UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

Margaret A. Handley, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She has a public health background and worked in local and state health departments prior to UCSF. She is a faculty member at the UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Center for Vulnerable Populations. She co-directs the UCSF Training Program in Implementation Science, focused on the art and science of translating evidence into practice, policy and public health. Areas of interest include: public health and primary care interventions to address health disparities, implementation and dissemination sciences, chronic disease prevention and self-management in safety net settings, public health literacy, migration and health/trans-national health, and reduction of the burden of global TB.



Dr. Handley’s current work includes serving as a principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant on local and global health research projects, and teaching in UCSF Implementation Science Certificate Program. Projects include: (1) STAR MAMA, a pilot randomized trial examining the impact of a bilingual (English/Spanish) health IT intervention on type 2 diabetes risk; (2) Qualitative research to understand barriers and facilitators of re-housing older homeless adults with their family; (3) Using participatory mapping and other tools to foster health literacy skills in ESL (English as a second language) classes.