Linda Rosenstock

Dr. Linda Rosenstock served from November 2000 until July 1, 2012 as Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, one of the nation's top ranked schools with 700 graduate students and more than 200 faculty. She holds appointments as Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Health Policy & Management, and Environmental Health Sciences. She is a recognized authority in occupational and environmental health as well as global public health and science policy.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Rosenstock served for nearly seven years as the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where she led a staff of 1,500 at the only federal agency mandated to undertake research and prevention activities in occupational safety and health. During her tenure, Dr. Rosenstock was instrumental in creating the National Occupational Research Agenda, a framework for guiding occupational safety and health research. She expanded the agency's responsibilities, staff size, and budget – doubling the Institute's annual appropriations. In recognition of her efforts, Rosenstock received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the highest executive service award in the government.

Dr. Rosenstock received her M.D. and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University. She received advanced training at the University of Washington, where she was Chief Resident in Primary Care Internal Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. At the University of Washington, Dr. Rosenstock was active in clinical practice of both general internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine.

Internationally, Dr. Rosenstock has been active in teaching and research in many developing countries and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization.  Rosenstock chaired the United Auto Workers/General Motors Occupational Health Advisory Board. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM). In 2003, she co-chaired the IOM committee addressing public health workforce needs that authored the report "Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century" and in 2011 she chaired the IOM committee that authored the report “Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps”.

Dr. Rosenstock is past Chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and  past President of the Society of Medical Administrators (SOMA). In January, 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health.


  • MD, Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • MPH, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • AB, Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Areas of Interest

  • Politics of health policy, income inequality and health
  • Global public health and science policy
  • Occupational and environmental health

Selected Courses

  • The Politics of Health Policy

Selected Publications

  • Rosenstock L, Olenec C, Wagner G.  The national occupational research agenda: a model of broad stakeholder input into priority settings.  Am J Pub Hlth, 1998; 88:353-356
  • Rosenstock L, Silver GB, Helsing K, Evashwick C, Katz R, Klag M, Kominski G, Richter D, Sumaya C. Confronting the Health Workforce Crisis: ASPH Statement on the Public Health Workforce.  Pub H Report 2008;123:395-98.
  • Rosenstock L, Cullen MR, Fingerhut MA Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. Occupational Health 2006; 1127-1145.
  • Rosenstock, L., Cullen, M.R., Fingerhut, M. Advancing worker health and safety in the developing world.. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2005; (47): 132-136.
  • Rosenstock L., Cullen M.R., Brodkin, C.A. and Redlich, C.A. (Eds) Textbook of Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2005; Second Edition.
  • Rosenstock L.  Protecting special interests in the name of “good science”.  JAMA, 2006; 295(20):2407-10
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