Author: Lawrence W. Green



Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, ScD(Hon.), is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatstics, and Director of the Society, Diversity, and Disparities Program at the University of California at San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center. He joined CDC in 1999 as Distinguished Fellow-Visiting Scientist to study what accounted for the success of tobacco control in the last third of the 20th century, and how we might take those lessons to other areas of public health. He served as Director of CDC’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Global Tobacco Control and as Acting Director of the Office on Smoking and Health. He then served as the director of CDC’s Office of Science and Extramural Research and as Associate Director for Prevention Research and Academic Partnerships in the Public Health Practice Program Office. He was also Visiting Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, the University of Maryland, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

For most of the 1990s, Larry was the director of the Institute of Health Promotion Research and Professor and Head of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Larry has broad experience in health education, prevention, population health, and community interventions for health promotion and risk reduction. He served as the first director of the US Office of Health Information and Health Promotion in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health under the Carter Administration, and as Vice President of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He has been on the public health faculties at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Texas, and Emory. He is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and recipient of the American Public Health Association’s highest awards, the Distinguished Career Award and Award of Excellence, and the American Academy of Health Behavior’s first Research Laureate Medal. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, and on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the American Journal of Health Behavior and 12 other journals in his field. His textbooks have been widely adopted. Community and Population Health with Judith Ottoson is in its 8th edition; Health Program Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach (2004, McGraw-Hill) with Marshall Kreuter is in its 4th edition. The latter has been the repository for the description of his Precede-Proceed model and the more than 950 published applications of this social-environmental model in case studies, research, and other textbooks. Larry was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academies, in 2009.