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Ron Brookmeyer

Dean, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics


DepartmentsType of Faculty
BiostatisticsFull Time
Contact Information

Department of Biostatistics
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
Office: 51-253B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772


Dr. Brookmeyer serves as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. In his research, Dr. Brookmeyer uses the tools of the statistical, informational and mathematical sciences to address global public health problems. During a span of over three decades he developed statistical methods that sounded the alarm which helped address major global health challenges of our times. Dr. Brookmeyer earned worldwide recognition for his work on predicting the magnitude of the impending HIV/AIDS epidemic with work beginning in the mid-1980s. Dr. Brookmeyer has called attention to the looming Alzheimer’s disease epidemic through widely cited studies. His work on global public health problems also includes issues in bio-security, disease surveillance and health challenges of aging populations. Dr. Brookmeyer’s research interests in biostatistical methodology include survival analysis, epidemic models, epidemiological methods and clinical trials.

Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the American Public Health Association’s Spiegelman gold medal for significant contributions to health statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Prior to his arrival at UCLA in 2010, Dr. Brookmeyer was Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he served as the Director of the schoolwide interdepartmental Master of Public Health Program. He was awarded the Stebbins Medal from Johns Hopkins University for outstanding contributions to educational programs.

Dr. Brookmeyer was the 2011 Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, the 2012 Donna J. Brogan Lecturer at Emory University, and the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Washington. Dr. Brookmeyer is the recipient of the American Statistical Association’s Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions at the intersection of statistical science and epidemiology and the Karl. Peace Award for outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society. He has served on numerous editorial boards and national scientific panels including the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine Panel on methodological challenges in HIV prevention trials, and the Institute of Medicine Panel to evaluate the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr. Brookmeyer is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine.

PhD University of Wisconsin (1980), Statistics
MS University of Wisconsin (1977), Statistics
BS Cooper Union (1975), Mathematics
Committee Participation: 

World Health Organization working group on a blueprint for vaccine trial design in public health emergencies (2016 - present)

External Advisory Committee, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina (2014 - present)

Data Safety Monitoring Board, Single Dose HPV Vaccine Trial in Costa Rica, National Cancer Institute (2017 - present)

Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, External Advisory Committee (2008 - present)


Selected Courses: 
Biostatistics 100B (2018)
Biostatistics 200A (2018)
Biostatistics 245: Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Biostatistics (2016)