A leading expert in chronic disease prevention and an expert in the area of applied epidemiology, Professor Brownson is regarded as one of the great intellectual, educational, and practice leaders in the field of evidence-based public health. Currently serving as a member of the Faculty Advisory Council of Washington University's Institute for Public Health, Dr. Brownson has a joint appointment with the University’s School of Medicine (Siteman Cancer Center).
Dr. Brownson co-directs the Prevention Research Center — a major, CDC funded center jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University – that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. He leads a large number of other major research and training projects funded by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, and on the editorial board of five other journals. Dr. Brownson is president of the American College of Epidemiology. Active in the American Public Health Association and the Missouri Public Health Association, he is the editor or author of the books: Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Community-Based Prevention.