David R. Holtgrave, PhD, Dean, SPH

David R. Holtgrave, PhD

HIV/AIDS, HIV Prevention, cost-effectiveness analysis, economic evaluation, smoking behavior, implementation science

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David R. Holtgrave, PhD
Dean and SUNY Empire Innovation Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Office of the Dean, School of Public Health

Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior
One University Place, GEC Dean's Office



David Holtgrave, PhD, has served as the Dean of the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York since March, 2018.  He is also appointed as a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor.

From August, 2005 through February, 2018, David served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In July, 2017, he was appointed to hold the Inaugural Health, Behavior and Society Professorship (an endowed professorship).  He also held joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins schools of medicine and nursing.

Dr. Holtgrave has worked extensively in the field of HIV prevention since 1991.  His research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions and the translation of those study findings to HIV prevention policy.  Dr. Holtgrave previously served as member and then vice-chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during President Obama's Administration, and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives during Representative Henry Waxman's hearing on domestic HIV prevention in 2008.

Prior to his position at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Holtgrave was a professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.  He also served as director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention-Intervention Research and Support at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as on the faculty at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He has authored or co-authored over 300 professional publications.  He edited The Handbook of Economic Evaluation of HIV Prevention Programs (Plenum Press, 1998).  Along with a number of colleagues from AIDS United and Johns Hopkins University, he is a co-author of the book, "Improving Access to HIV Care: Lessons from Five U.S. Sites" (Johns Hopkins University Press, https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/improving-access-hiv-care).      



PhD, University of Illinois, 1988 

Research Interests


HIV prevention

Cost-effectiveness analysis

economic evaluation

smoking behavior

implementation science 


The following five publications give a sampling of some recent research focused on ways to change the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States and to address health disparities across and among communities most disproportionately impacted by HIV.

Holtgrave DR, Hall HI, Wehrmeyer L, Maulsby C. Costs, consequences and feasibility of strategies for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the United States: A closing window for success? AIDS and Behavior 2012;16(6):1365-1372.

Holtgrave DR, Greenwald R. A SWOT analysis of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U.S., 2015-2020. AIDS and Behavior 2016;20(1):1-6.

Johnson AS, Hall HI, Hu X, Lansky A, Holtgrave DR, Mermin J. Trends in diagnoses of HIV infection in the Unites States, 2002-2011. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2014;312(4);432-434.

Bonacci RA, Holtgrave DR. U.S. HIV incidence and transmission goals, 2020 and 2025. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2017 (epub ahead of print).

Marrazzo JM, DelRio C, Holtgrave DR, et al. HIV prevention in clinical care settings: 2014 recommendations of the International Antiviral Society-USA Panel. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2014;312(4):390-409.


Awards and Honors

Member and Vice-Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (Membership terms 2010-2016)

Partnership Award, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, 2014

The Golden Apple Award, and The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014

Positive Leadership Award, National Association of People with AIDS, 2011

POZ 100 AIDS Fighters, POZ Magazine, 2010

Member, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, 2006

Student Government Association Professor of the Year, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2005

Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University, 2004

C. Everett Koop National Health Award, The Health Project, 1996