Renowned HIV researcher Dr. David Holtgrave begins serving as dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health this week.
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Dr. Holtgrave is the former chair of the department of health, behavior and society at Johns Hopkins University and also previously served as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV/AIDS research and support division.
Dr. Holtgrave, who also served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during President Obama’s Administration, has devoted his career to addressing public health challenges and ensuring care and stable housing for people living with HIV. His work focuses not only on making a public health impact, but also addressing the disproportionate burden HIV and other public health challenges place on underserved communities.
Dr. Holtgrave will further leverage the longstanding success of UAlbany’s School of Public Health which has a unique, 30+ year partnership with the New York State Department of Health, one of the most comprehensive health agencies in the country. The School is located on UAlbany’s Health Sciences Campus, a premier location for academia, government and the private sector to intersect in mutually beneficial ways to further our understanding of health and disease.
“By working closely with the Department of Health and the Wadsworth Laboratories, UAlbany’s School of Public Health is poised to have a significant health impact in New York State and beyond,” said Dr. Holtgrave. “We have exciting opportunities in front of us that will revolutionize the curriculum and give students even more direct experiential learning practice, making the next generation of public health leaders prepared to truly make a difference.”
The School is home to award-winning programs in biomedical sciences, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health policy, management and behavior. SPH faculty and staff provide an ecosystem to solve the most pressing issues facing the world today – controlling healthcare costs while improving outcomes through data, detecting and controlling new health threats from climate change and eliminating pervasive health disparities.
UAlbany Provost James R. Stellar announced dean Holtgrave’s appointment in November, saying “David is a nationally prominent researcher and academic leader with strong management expertise. His appointment will further propel the expansion of our health sciences enterprise. We welcome him with great enthusiasm.”
Dr. Holtgrave’s research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention and care interventions and how such findings can be used in public policy making. He has also studied relationships between social capital measures, infection disease rates and health risk behavior.
In addition to serving as dean, Holtgrave was awarded a tenured faculty position as professor of health policy and behavior in the School of Public Health and named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor.
Dr. Holtgrave received his PhD in quantitative psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University School of Public Health. A native of St. Louis, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.