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Zahra Goliaei

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Zahra Goliaei earned her medical doctorate in Iran, and after moving to the United States, earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree here at the University of San Francisco, as one of the beginning cohorts. She continues working in both community-based and academic-based settings as a researcher in the field of health disparity, refuge, migrant health, and women’s health.


  • Qualitative research
  • Health education and consultation for immigrants and refugees
  • Domestic violence consultant

Research Areas

  • Migration health
  • Refugee health
  • Reproductive autonomy
  • Health disparity


  • Co-Chair/Research Committee/Caucus of Refugee and Immigrant Health,


  • University of California Merced, PhD in Public Health, 2022
  • University of San Francisco, MPH, 2015
  • University of Tehran, MD, 2003

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of California Merced,  Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, 2022
  • Emerging Scholars in Family Planning, Society of Family Planning, 2020 
  • SEED Grant award, Blum Center, University of California Merced, 2018

Selected Publications