David R. Holtgrave

David R. Holtgrave

SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Distinguished Professor
School of Public Health


One University Place, GEC

PhD, University of Illinois, 1988 

David R. Holtgrave

David Holtgrave, PhD served as the Dean of the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York from March 2018 to March 2022, at which time he stepped down as Dean to assume a senior position in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is also appointed as a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor and a SUNY Distinguished Professor (he is on leave from the faculty while performing federal service).

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.

In 2020, Dr. Holtgrave became heavily involved in partnerships on projects with the New York State Department of Health to address a number of public health challenges related to COVID-19. This work included projects that lead to pioneering publications on COVID-19 epidemiology, treatment approaches, prevention, and the addressing of health disparities. These papers were published in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Annals of Epidemiology, and AIDS & Behavior.


Research Interests

  • HIV prevention
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • COVID-19
  • Economic evaluation
  • Implementation science


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