Brian Cole

Dr. Brian Cole, Dr.P.H., is program manager and lead analyst for the Health Impact Assessment Group at the UCLA School of Public Health, conducting and providing technical assistance on HIAs on a wide range of public policies and projects, including Living Wage Ordinances, urban redevelopment, school programs and transportation projects. Overlapping this work in HIA, Dr. Cole is also engaged in research on the environmental determinants of physical activity in school, workplace and community settings. He teaches courses in school-based health education and community organization for public health promotion. He earned his Doctor of Public Health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health and Bachelor degrees in Environmental Science and Biology from Washington State University.


  • DrPH, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, Health Education and International Population & Family Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Areas of Interest

  • Physical and social environmental determinants of health
  • Policy Studies
  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
  • Environmental approaches to physical activity promotion
  • Risk perception and behavior in organizational settings
  • School health promotion 

Selected Publications

  • YanceyAK, Cole BL, McCarthy WJ. 2010. A graphical, computer-based decision-support tool to help decision makers evaluate policy options relating to physical activity. Am J Prev Med. 39(3):273-9.
  • Hillier A, Cole BL, Smith TE, Yancey AK, Williams JD, Grier SA, McCarthy WJ. 2009. Clustering of unhealthy outdoor advertisements around child-serving institutions: A comparison of three cities. Health Place. 15(4):935-45.
  • Yancey AK, Cole BL, Brown R, Williams JD, Hillier A, Kline RS, Ashe M, Grier SA, Backman D, McCarthy WJ. 2009. A cross-sectional prevalence study of ethnically targeted and general audience outdoor obesity-related advertising. Milbank Q. 87(1):155-84.
  • Dannenberg AL, Bhatia R, Cole BL, Heaton SK, Feldman JD, Rutt CD. 2008. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Use of Health Impact Assessment in the United States: 27 Case Studies, 1999-2007.
  • Cole BL, Fielding JE. 2007. Health impact assessment: A tool to help policy makers understand health beyond health care. Annual Review of Public Health. 28:393-412.
  • Dannenberg AL, Bhatia R, Cole BL, et al. 2006. Growing the Field of Health Impact Assessment in the United States: An Agenda for Research and Practice. American Journal of Public Health. 96(2):262-270.
  • Cole BL, Shimkhada R, Morgenstern H, Kominski G, Fielding JE, Wu S. 2005. The projected health impact of the Los Angeles City Living Wage Ordinance. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 59:645-650.
  • Cole BL, Shimkhada R, Fielding JE, Kominski G, Morgenstern H. 2005. Methodologies for realizing the potential of health impact assessment. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 28(4):382-389.
  • Rutt CD, Pratt M, Dannenberg AL, Cole BL. 2005. Connecting health professionals: Health Impact Assessment. Places 17(1):86-87.
  • Cole BL, Wilhelm M, Long PV, Fielding JE, Kominski G, Morgenstern H. 2004. Prospects for Health Impact Assessment in the United States: New and Improved Environmental Impact Assessment or Something Different? J Health Politics, Policy and Law 26(4):1153-1186.
  • Cole BL, Brown MP. 1996. Action on worksite health and safety problems: A follow-up survey of workers participating in a hazardous waste worker training program. Am J Ind Med 30(6):703-743.
  • Cole BL, Shatkin JP, Delp L, Brown MP. 1994. A cross-sectional survey of workers and their training needs at 29 hazardous waste sites.” Applied Occup and Env Hygiene 9(9):605-611.   
  • Li VC, Cole BL, Zhang SZ, Chen CZ. “HIV-related knowledge and attitudes among medical students in China.” AIDS Care 5(3):305-312, 1993.