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Jonathan Fielding

Jonathan Fielding


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Department of Health Policy and Management / 61-253B

Areas of Interest: 
  • Health Promotion
  • Prevention Economics
  • Public Health
  • Preventive Services        

Jonathan Fielding is a Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Pediatrics. Dr. Fielding teaches the Determinants of Health course and participates as faculty lecturer in several other Department courses.

He received both his M.D., M.A. (History of Science) and M.P.H. from Harvard University, and his M.B.A. (Finance) from the Wharton School of Business Administration. His areas of expertise include the development of preventive services guidelines and priorities, prevention economics and financing, evidence based public health methods and practice, and health promotion for children, adults and families in community, clinical and occupational settings.

As the founding Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Health Enhancement, Education and Research, he helped develop the first comprehensive university-based center to focus on clinical and worksite prevention opportunities. He formerly served as the Founding Board Member, Chairman of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of The California Wellness Foundation, the largest U.S. Foundation devoted to disease prevention and health promotion. Further, he was a founding member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and is Chair, U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force. He is past President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, Chairman of the Federal Expert Advisory Panel in National Health Objectives for 2020, a member of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and was appointed as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee to the California State Department of Public Health.

Dr. Fielding’s awards include the Porter Prize, given for his national impact on improving the lives of Americans; The Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for achievements in local public health, the Sedgwick Medal for contributions to the field of Public Health, and elected membership in the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. He is the Author of over 175 original scientific articles and chapters, Editor of Annual Review of Public Health, and Associate Editor of the textbook, Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Fielding served as Director of Public Health and Health Officer for Los Angeles County for over 16 years where he wasresponsible for the full range of public health activities for over ten million county residents.

MD, Harvard University
MPH, Harvard University
MA, (History of Science) Harvard University
MBA, Wharton School of Business Administration, UPENN
Selected Publications: 
  • McCullough Jeffrey C, Zimmerman Frederick J, Fielding Jonathan E, Teutsch Steven M “A Health Dividend for America: The Opportunity Cost of Excess Medical Expenditures” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2012; 43(6): 650-4.
  • Nicole, L., Wasserman, J., Stoto, M., Myers, S., Molander, R., Mussington, D., Solomon, V., Namkung, P., Fielding, J.E., Valdez, R.B., “Local Variation in Public Health Preparedness: Lessons from California” Health Affairs, Web Exclusive, DOI 10.1377/hlthaff.W4.341 – Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. (2004).
  • Briss, P.A., Brownson, R.C., Fielding, J.E., Zaza, S. “Developing and Using the Guide to Community Preventive Services: Lessons Learned About Evidence-Based Public Health” Annu. Rev. Public Health, 25:281-302 (2004).
  • Yancey, A.K., Kumanyika, S.K., Ponce, Ninez A., McCarthy, W.J., Fielding, J.E., Leslie, J.P., Akbar, J., “Population-based Interventions Engaging Communities of Color in Healthy Eating and Active Living: A Review”, Preventing Chronic Disease, Vol.1, No.1 (2004).
  • Anderson, L.M., Brownson, R.C., Fullilove, M.T., Teutsch, St.M., Novick, L.F., Fielding, J.E., Land, G.H. “Evidence-Based Public Health Policy and Practice: Promise and Limits” Am Journal of Prev Med, 28 (5S) (2005).
  • Simon, P.A., Leslie, P., Run G. Jion, G.Z., Rporter, R. Aguirre, A., Fielding, J.E., “Impact of Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cards on Foodborne-Disease Hospitalizations in Los Angeles County” JEnviron Health, Mar;67 (7):32-6, 56; quiz 59060 (2005).
  • Eisenman, D.P., Wold, C., Fielding, J.E., Long, A., Setodji, C., Hickey, S., Gelberg, L., “Differences in Individual-Level Terrorism Preparedness in Los Angeles County” Am J Prev Med, Vol.30, No.1 (2005).
  • Simon, P.A., Fielding, J.E., “Public Health and Business: A Partnership That Makes Cents” Health Affairs 25, no.4, 1029-1039 (2006).
  • Fielding, J.E., Briss, Peter A., “Promoting Evidence-Based Public Health Policy: Can We Have Better Evidence And More Action?” Health Affairs 25, No.4, 969-978 (2006).
  • Cole, B.L., Shimkhada, R., Fielding, J.E., Kominski, G., Morgenstern, H., “Health Impact Assessment: Current Practice and Future Potential to Increase Awareness of Population Health Impacts of Policy Decisions” Annu. Rev. Public Health 28:393-412 (2007).
  • Ockene, J.K., Edgerton, E.A., Teutsch, S.M., Marion, L.N., Miller, T., Genevro, J.L., Loveland-Cherry, C.J., Fielding, J.E., Briss, P.A., “Integrating Evidence-Based Clinical and Community Strategies to Improve Health” Am J Prev Med: 32 (3):244-252 (2007).
  • Simon, P.A., Kwan, D., Angelescu, A., Shih, M. Fielding, J.E., “Proximity of Fast Food Restaurants to Schools: Do Neighborhood Income and Type of School Matter?” Prev. Med., doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.02.021 (2008).