“There is a renewed urgency of public health in the face of the chronic disease epidemics, drug abuse, violence, and now increasing threats of global warming.”

Lawrence W. Green DrPH ’68, MPH ’66, BS ’62 is a specialist in health education who has led an extensive career in public service and academia. He is widely known as the originator of the PRECEDE Model and co-developer of the PRECEDE-PROCEED Model, which has been used throughout the world to guide health program intervention design, implementation, and evaluation. In 1979, Green was appointed director of the U.S. Office of Health Information and Health Promotion, (now the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion), and coordinated efforts on the health promotion components of Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (1979) and the 1990 Objectives for the Nation (1981), which have served as a blueprint for the nation’s public health policies to this day.


“Berkeley moment”

Following my DrPH degree, I had the great opportunity to serve for two additional years as a lecturer in Public Health and to complete two monographs based on my dissertation research and my two years of research with the Berkeley-led Dacca Family Planning research and evaluation project in Bangladesh.

Public health dream team

Richard Jackson for environmental epidemiology and policy, Meredith Minkler and Emily Ozer for health promotion and community engagement, Patricia Crawford and Marion Nestle for nutrition policy, Lori Dorfman and Larry Wallack for media advocacy, and Kate Lorig for chronic disease self-care.

Movie and theme song while at Berkeley

Song: “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” and movie: The Shape of Water, because both exemplify the recognition that water changes its shape, depth, threats, and resource for health continually, and the School has had to do the same as the shape of health has changed during the nearly 60 years of my association with the School.

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