Michael Yonas, DrPH

  Adjunct Associate Professor
Health Behavior

Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Faculty profile at UPitt
Yonas Group at UPitt



2004 John Hopkins School of Public Health DrPH, Child Health and Development/Public Health
1999 John Hopkins School of Public Health MPH, Maternal and Child Health
Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Injury prevention
  • Public health practice
  • Violence prevention
Research activities


  • Research utilizes innovative traditional and non-traditional qualitative and community-based and partnered research methodologies to identify and address the social and environmental factors, such as violence, affecting disparities in health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations
  • His interests, research and community work primarily focus upon the health and well-being of children and adolescents with a primary research commitment to the study and intervention development to moderate the impact of neighborhood-level stressors upon childhood asthma

Primary teaching areas

  • Qualitative research
  • Participatory research approaches (CBPR)
  • Social determinants of health

Primary Research areas

  • Injury and violence prevention for children and adolescents
  • Childhood asthma
  • Social and contextual influences on health of youth and communities
Staff/administrative responsibilities

As HB adjunct:

    • Advisor on special project(s)
    • Faculty research collaboration
    • Student research supervision
    • Informal research advice or technical assistance