Ross Brownson

A leading expert in chronic disease prevention and an expert in the area of applied epidemiology, Ross C. Brownson is regarded as one of the great intellectual, educational and practice leaders in the field of evidence-based public health. Brownson has a joint appointment with the university’s School of Medicine in the Department of Surgery and the Siteman Cancer Center.

Brownson directs the Prevention Research Center, a center that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention through translational research. He leads a large number of other research and training projects funded by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

He is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial board of six other journals. Brownson is the editor or author of 14 books including: “Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control,” “Evidence-Based Public Health,” and “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.” He is past-president of the American College of Epidemiology and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Brownson is also active in the American Public Health Association.

Ross Brownson

  • Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor
  • Office Phone: 314-935-0114
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Areas of Focus:

  • Chronic disease prevention through environmental and policy change
  • Evidence-based public health
  • Dissemination and implementation research

Featured Publications

Mapping the lay of the land: Using interactive network analytic tools for collaboration in rural cancer prevention and control
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
June 1 2022

Quantitative measures used in mental health policy implementation: A systematic review
Implementation Research and Practice

Variation in research designs used to test the effectiveness of dissemination and implementation strategies: A review
Frontiers in Public Health
February 19 2018