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Paul Simon

Adjunct Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyPart Time
Contact Information

3530 Wilshire Blvd., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Areas of Interest: 

Child and adult obesity epidemics, community influences on nutrition and physical activity, tobacco prevention and control interventions, and community health promotion.


Dr. Paul Simon is the Director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Simon received his MD from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and his MPH in Epidemiology from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine. He completed a two-year fellowship in field epidemiology with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS Program) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1992 and then served as a Medical Epidemiologist in CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, assigned to the Los Angeles County HIV Epidemiology Program from 1992-1998. From 1998-2006 he was the Director of the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology in the LAC DPH. In his current position, he oversees the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program, Nutrition Program and Physical Activity Program, Cardiovascular and School Health Program, Policies for Livable Active Communities and Environments (PLACE) Program, Office of Senior Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Program, two CDC-funded projects addressing obesity, tobacco use, and chronic disease prevention, and a First 5 LA-funded early childhood obesity prevention initiative.

MPH.,University of California, Los Angeles
MD.,University of Michigan
BA.,University of California, Los Angeles
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Courses: 
Epi 412, Public Health Surveillance
Selected Publications: 


Simon PA, Chiang C, Lightstone A, Shih M.  Public opinion on nutrition-related policies to combat child obesity, Los Angeles County, 2011.  Prev Chron Dis 2014;11:140005.

Shih M, Dumke KA, Goran MI, Simon PA.  The association between community-level economic hardship and childhood obesity prevalence in Los Angeles County.  Ped Obesity 2013;8:411-417.

Simon PA, Lightstone AS, Baldwin S, Kuo T, Shih M, Fielding JE.  Recent declines in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among children in Los Angeles County.  Prev Chron Dis 2013;10:130049.

Weber MD, Simon PA, Messex M, Aragon L, Kuo T, Fielding JE.  A framework for mobilizing communities to advance local tobacco control policy: the Los Angeles County experience.  Am J Public Health 2012;102:785-788.

Simon PA, Fielding JE.  Establishing best practices for changing the built environment to promote physical activity.  Am J Prev Med 2009;37(6S2):S448-449.

Simon P, Gonzalez E, Ginsburg D, Abrams J, Fielding J.  Physical activity promotion: a local and state health department perspective.  Prev Med 2009;49:297-298.

Simon PA, Kwan D, Angelescu A, Shih M, Fielding JE.  Proximity of fast food restaurants to schools: do neighborhood income and type of school matter? Prev Med 2008; 47(3): 284-8.

Shih M, Simon PA. Health-related quality of life among adults with serious psychological distress and chronic medical conditions. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation. 2008; 17(4): 521-8.

Simon PA, Fielding JE. Public health and business: a partnership that makes cents. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2006; 25(4): 1029-39.