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Burt Cowgill

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Center Project Director, UCLA Prevention Research Center (UCLA PRC)


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Cancer Prevention & Control Res/FSPH & JCCC
BOX 956900, A2-125 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900

Areas of Interest: 
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy and Practice
  • Active Transportation
  • Adolescent Health Promotion
  • Community Based Participatory Research

Dr. Cowgill is an adjunct assistant professor who resides in the UCLA Kaiser Permanent Center for Health Equity and Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research in the Jonson Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also an active member of the UCLA Semel Healthy Campus Initiative. Dr. Cowgill has extensive experience working with community-based organizations in the design, implementation and evaluation of a wide variety of research projects. Dr. Cowgill received his PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2007 from the Department of Health Policy and Management in Health Care Outcomes Research. Dr. Cowgill's areas of interest include nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in schools and worksites, e-cigarette and tobacco prevention and control, HPV vaccination uptake, and health insurance trends.

Prior to returning to academic research, Dr. Cowgill served as a fellow for Senator Edward Kennedy's Health Committee staff and as an analyst for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

During his time with CMS, Dr. Cowgill worked with state Medicaid agencies on child and adolescent immunization performance measurement and quality improvement projects and funding for immunization registries. He is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research and analytical techniques.

Selected Publications: 

Bogart LM, Fu C-M, Eyraud J, Cowgill BO, Hawes-Dawson J, Uyeda K, Klein DJ, Elliott MN, Schuster MA. Evaluation of the dissemination of SNaX, a middle school based-obesity prevention intervention, within a large US school district. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2018:8(5):724-732.

Bogart LM, Elliott MN, Cowgill BO, Klein DJ, Hawes-Dawson J, Uyeda K, Schuster MA. Two-year BMI outcomes from a school-based intervention for nutrition and exercise: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. 2016;137(5): pii 320152493.

Bogart LM, Cowgill BO, Elliott MN, Klein DJ, Hawes-Dawson J, Uyeda K, Elijah J, Binkle DG, Schuster MA. A randomized controlled trial of Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX): A community-based participatory research study. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014; 55(3):415-22.

Cowgill BO, Chung PJ, Thompson L, Elijah J, Lamb S, Garcia VP, Bastani R. Parental views on engaging families of middle school students about obesity prevention and control in a multi-ethnic population. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014 Apr 4;11:E54.

Chung PJ, Lui CK, Cowgill BO, Hoffman GJ, Elijah J, Schuster MA. Employment, family leave, and parents of newborns or seriously ill children. Academic Pediatrics. 2012; 12: 181-188.