Paul Simon

Dr. Paul Simon is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at USC Keck School of Medicine. 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 completed a two-year fellowship in field epidemiology with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS Program) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He then served as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC before joining the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health where he served in various leadership positions, including Director of the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, Director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, and the Department's Chief Science Officer. Dr. Simon is board certified in pediatrics and preventative medicine. 


  • MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Areas of Interest

  • Population health assessment
  • Public health surveillance
  • Child and adult obesity epidemics
  • Community influences on nutrition and physical activity
  • Tobacco prevention and control interventions
  • Community health promotion

Selected Courses

  • Epi 412: Public Health Surveillance

Selected Publications


  • Palacios C, Simon P, Steward A, Garner T, Hamid H, Shetgiri R. Impact of an elementary school-based wellness initiative on child obesity prevalence: LiveWell Kids. Health Promot Pract 2022 doi: 10.1177/15248399211065717.
  • Simon PA, Teutsch SM.  Public health surveillance.  In: Boulton ML, Wallace RB et al, eds. Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health & Preventive Medicine. 16th ed. New York, MY: McGraw-Hill; 2021.
  • Simon P, Ho A, Shah MD, Shetgiri R. Trends in mortality from COVID-19 and other leading causes of death among Latino versus White individuals in Los Angeles County, 2011-2020 (Research Letter). JAMA 2021, doi:10.1001/jama.2021.11945.
  • Sood N, Simon P, Ebner P, Eichner D, Reynolds J, Bendavid E, Bhattacharya. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies among adults in Los Angeles County, California, on April 10-11, 2020 (research letter). JAMA 2020;323:2425-2427.
  • Kamali A, Hameed H, Shih M, Simon P. Turning the curve on obesity prevalence among fifth graders in the Los Angeles Unified School District, 2001-2013.  Prev Chron Dis 2017;14:160377. 
  • 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.
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