Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Sylvia Becker-Dreps’ research interests focus on the prevention of infectious diseases in the developing world. She currently researches the effectiveness of the rotavirus vaccine in Nicaragua, one of the first developing nations to implement a universal rotavirus immunization program to prevent childhood diarrhea. In particular, she is interested in the effect of the immunization program on the community level, using population-based surveillance. Her previous research included the cost-effectiveness of malaria prevention during pregnancy.

Dr. Becker-Dreps is a former NRSA-Primary Care Research Fellow at UNC. She completed residency at the Providence-Swedish Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, Washington. She received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She performs her clinical work in the community health center setting, where she serves uninsured and Latino patients. She previously served as the medical director of the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program.

Dr. Becker-Dreps is currently supported by a NIH-Fogarty International Scientist Development Award. She was recognized as a finalist by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early Stage Career Investigator Award.