Matthew Town

Assistant Professor
UC Box 
Carnegie Hall 209 (Forest Grove)
Areas I Teach 

Course information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunity to get to know the faculty in your discipline. Below is a list of courses that I teach.

PH 200 | Epidemiology

PH 320 | Environmental Health

PH 340 | Human Health and Disease

PH 352 | Program Development & Evaluation

PH 355 | Men's Health

PH 380 | Public Health Field Experience

PH 491 | Capstone 1: Senior Project

PH 492 | Capstone 2: Senior Project

Areas of Research & Specialization

I am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a behavioral health scientist whose research focuses on identifying and addressing psychosocial factors that positively and negatively impact health behaviors among vulnerable populations with special focus on American Indian and Alaska Natives, sexual minority men, and multiply marginalized populations. His current research focuses on community participation, mental health, and the use of sexual health services among American Indian and Alaska Native men.


Ph.D. in Sociology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon in 2014

Master of Public Health, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon in 2004

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota in 2002

Published works (selected)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

M Town, K L Walters, E R Orellana (In Press). "Discriminatory Distress, HIV Risk Behavior, and Community Participation among American Indian / Alaska Native Men Who Have Sex with Men". Ethnicity and Health.

M Cahn, M Harvey, M Town (2017). American Indian and Alaska Native Men's Use of Sexual Health Services, 2006-2010. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 49(3): 181-189.

M Johnson-Jennings, A Belcourt, M Town, M Walls & K Walters (2014). Racial Discrimination's Influence on Smoking rates among American Indian Alaska Native Two-Spirit Individuals: Does Pain Play a Role? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(4), 1667-1678.

Book Chapters

K Walters, T Evans-Campbell, M Town, K Schultz, J LaPak, R Beltran (February 25, 2015). "Alaska Native, Native American, and First Nation People: Outreach Screening, and Assessment." In Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer. Oxford University Press, USA.