Associate Professor

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
    College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2010-present Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, College of Public Health,  University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
  • 2009-2011 Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, UNMC.
  • 2005-2008 Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
  • 2005-2009 Professor, Sociology, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, UNO.
  • 2000-2005 Chair, Sociology, Graduate Programs Committee, UNO.
  • 2000-2005 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, UNO.
  • 1993-2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, UNO.
  • 1989-1993 Part-time Teaching Instructor, Eastern Kentucky University. 
  • 1989-1991 Part-time Teaching Instructor, University of Kentucky.


  • 1993 Ph.D. Sociology (Medical) University of Kentucky.
  • 1990 Certificate of Medical Behavioral Science. University of Kentucky.
  • 1987 M.A. Sociology.  University of Kentucky. 
  • 1982 M.Com. (Business, Commerce). Madras University, India. 
  • 1980 B.Com. (Business, Commerce). Madras University, India.

Professional Interests 

Health disparities. Domestic violence. Sex trafficking. Environmental justice. Healthy aging. Cancer screening. Community engaged research.

Selected Publications

  • Siu, K., Rajaram S. & Padilla, C. Impact of psychosocial factors on functional improvement in Latino elderly after Tai Chi Exercise. J Aging Phys Act. 2014 Jan 21 [Epub ahead of print. PMID: 24451550]
  • Rajaram, S. & Fiscus, C. Building research capacity on the Rez. An inter-institutional collaboration.  Invited submission from peer-reviewed journal, Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP). Forthcoming.
  • Rajaram, S., Grimm, B., Giroux, J., Peck, M. & Ramos, A. Using methods of strategic collaboration to partner with American Indian Communities in health. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. Forthcoming.
  • Barry, T., Kaiser, K. & Rajaram, S. Self-Reported Health Status and Health Determinants in Low Income Midlife Women. Women and Health.  Forthcoming.
  • Bhuyan, S.S., Stimpson, J., Rajaram, S. & Lin, G. Mortality Outcome among Medically Underserved Women Screened through a Publicly Funded Breast Cancer Program, 1997-2007. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Forthcoming.
  • Ramos, A., Rajaram, S., Gouveia, L., Doku, Y., Toure, D., Zhang, A., & Manske, S. Health Profile of Nebraska’s Latino Population. (2013). A collaborative effort of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity at the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. (
  • Are, C., Rajaram. S., Are. M., Raj, H., Anderson, B.O., Chaluvarya, Swamy R, Vijayakumar, M., Song. T., Pandey. M., Edney, J.A. & Cazap, E.L. A review of global cancer burden: Trends, challenges, strategies, and a role for surgeons. A Journal of Surgical Oncology. Feb;107(2):221-6, 2013. J Surg Oncol. doi: 10.1002/jso.23248. Epub 2012 Aug 23.
  • Are, C., Colburn, L., Rajaram, S. & Vijaykumar M.  Disparities in cancer care between the United States of America and India and opportunities for surgeons to lead.  Journal of Surgical Oncology.  1;102(1):100-5, 2010.
    Rajaram, S.  Nursing Ethics and Sociology.  Book Chapter in Legacies and Visions:  Nursing Ethics.  American Nursing Association.  P.65-74. 2008.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health

contact shireen rajaram
Shireen S Rajaram, College of Public Health at UNMC

984040 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4040
Phone: (402) 559-5345
Fax: (402) 559-6493