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Richard J. Jackson

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Professor Emeritus


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Environmental Health SciencesEmeriti
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive, 51-297B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burderns, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture.

Richard Jackson is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer.  For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s NationalCenter for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award.  In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

While in California he was instrumental in conceptualizing laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he was a national and international leader, including leading the federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population.  He has received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards fromthe Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth.  In October, 2012 he received the John Heinz Award for Leadership in the Environment.

Dick Jackson co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities which links to the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name.  He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He is an elected honorary member of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

MD, Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, Public Health - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
Selected Courses: 
EHS 208 Built Environment and Health
EHS 200A Foundations of Environmental Health Sciences
Selected Publications: 

Living on Earth Interview

Richard J Jackson MD MPH with Stacy Sinclair Designing Healthy Communities. 2011; Companion Book to Public Broadcast series(ISBN 978-1-118-03366-1): 230 pages. Download

Jackson RJ, Malloy TF Environmental public health law: three pillars.. The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 2011; 39 Suppl 1: 34-6.

Rahman T,Cushing RA, Jackson RJ Contributions of built environment to childhood obesity.. The Mount Sinai journal of medicine, New York. 2011; 78(1): 49-57.

Jackson RJ, Minjares R, Naumoff KS, Patel BS, Martin LK Agriculture Policy is Health Policy. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 2009; 4(3): 393-408.

Botchwey ND, Hobson SE, Dannenberg AL, Mumford KG, Contant CK, McMillan TE, Jackson RJ, Lopez R, Winkle C A model curriculum for a course on the built environment and public health: training for an interdisciplinary workforce.. American journal of preventive medicine. 2009; 36(2 Suppl): S63-71.

Jackson RJ, Tester J Environment shapes health, including children's mental health.. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2008; 47(2): 129-31.

Jackson Richard J Environment meets health, again.. Science (New York, N.Y.). 2007; 315(5817): 1337.

Jackson RJ Commentary on active living research.. American journal of preventive medicine. 2005; 28(2 Suppl 2): 218-9.

Dannenberg AL, Jackson RJ, Frumkin H, Schieber RA, Pratt M, Kochtitzky C, Tilson HH The impact of community design and land-use choices on public health: a scientific research agenda.. American journal of public health. 2003; 93(9): 1500-8.

Jackson RJ The impact of the built environment on health: an emerging field.. American journal of public health. 2003; 93(9): 1382-4.

Grosse SD, Matte TD, Schwartz J, Jackson RJ Economic gains resulting from the reduction in children's exposure to lead in the United States.. Environmental health perspectives. 2002; 110(6): 563-9.

Jackson RJ, DeLozier DM, Gerasimov G, Borisova O, Garbe PL, Goultchenko L, Shakarishvili G, Hollowell JG, Miller DT Chernobyl and iodine deficiency in the Russian Federation: an environmental disaster leading to a public health opportunity.. Journal of public health policy. 2002; 23(4): 453-70.

Cummins SK, Jackson RJ The built environment and children's health.. Pediatric clinics of North America. 2001; 48(5): 1241-52, x.