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Associate Professor

Department of Family Medicine

Department of Epidemiology

Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology. Her research has focused on pediatric infectious diseases in Central America. She directs the UNC Program in Nicaragua, where she studies the epidemiology and prevention of viral gastroenteritis in children, and conducts studies to better understand Zika virus infections. Her work has involved collaborations with the University of Nicaragua-León (UNAN-León) and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. Dr. Becker-Dreps is also the Co-Program Director of the “The Nicaraguan Emerging and Endemic Diseases (NEED)” Fogarty D43 Training Program, which builds research capacity in Nicaragua, including starting a Biomedical Sciences PhD Program at UNAN-León. Within the UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Becker-Dreps serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Global Health Education.