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David Robert Holtgrave, Ph.D.

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Director, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Joint Appointment in Medicine

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS; HIV prevention; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Economic evaluation; Smoking behavior; Implementation science


Dr. David Robert Holtgrave holds joint appointments in medicine and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. He is a professor of health, behavior and society with a joint appointment in health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Holtgrave serves as the chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

His research focuses on the effectiveness HIV treatments and on HIV-prevention policy.

Dr. Holtgrave received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. 

At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he co-directs the Center for Implementation Research and is the interim director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. He is a member and the vice-chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Holtgrave’s work has been recognized with several awards, including the Partnership Award of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. more


  • Director, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Co-Director, Center for Implementation Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Interim Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine
  • Joint Appointment in Oncology

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Holtgrave's research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of HIV prevention interventions, and the relationship of the findings of these studies to HIV prevention policy making. He has served on an Institute of Medicine panel charged with recommending methods to improve the public financing and delivery of HIV care in the United States.

Dr. Holtgrave has also investigated the relationship between social capital measures, infectious disease rates, and risk behavior prevalence. He has worked extensively on HIV prevention community planning, and has served as a member of the Wisconsin HIV Prevention Community Planning group.

Selected Publications

Farnham PG, Holtgrave DR, Sansom SL, Hall HI. "Medical costs averted by HIV prevention efforts in the United States, 1991-2006." J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 Aug 15;54(5):565-67

Holtgrave DR. "On the epidemiologic and economic importance of the National AIDS Strategy for the United States." J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 Oct 1;55(2):139-42

Villanti AC, McKay HS, Abrams DB, Holtgrave DR, Bowie JV. "Smoking-cessation interventions for U.S. young adults: a systematic review." Am J Prev Med. 2010 Dec;39(6):564-74

Holtgrave DR, Wunderink KA, Vallone DM, Healton CG. "Cost-utility analysis of the national truth campaign to prevent youth smoking." Am J Prev Med. 2009 May;36(5):385-8

Holtgrave DR. "Resilient organizations, mobilized communities, and evidence-based HIV prevention programs: examining the influence of a national investment in HIV/AIDS capacity building." J Public Health Manag Pract. 2007 Jan;Suppl: S1-S4

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Translating Research into Public Health Programs I (410.721.01)

    Activities & Honors


    • Partnership Award, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, 2014
    • The Golden Apple Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
    • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
    • Positive Leadership Award, National Association of People with AIDS, 2011
    • POZ 100 AIDS Fighters, POZ Magazine, 2010
    • Research Grant (“Smoking Cessation Strategies that Work”), Cigarette Restitution Fund, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2010
    • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, 2006
    • Student Government Association Professor of the Year, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2005
    • Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University, 2004
    • C. Everett Koop National Health Award, The Health Project, 1996

    Professional Activities

    • Member and Vice-Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, 2010

    Videos & Media

    Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

    “Dr. David Holtgrave: Shaping the Next Administration’s Response to HIV in the U.S.,” Huffington Post, May 4, 2016

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