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Lester Breslow

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Lester Breslow

Dean Emeritus, School of Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles
Expertise: 
public health education
chronic disease control
public health administration at the state and federal levels

Biography

Dr. Lester Breslow is a professor and dean emeritus of the UCLA School of Public Health. He has been professionally active in public health for 65 years, especially in chronic disease control and health promotion. His colleagues call him Mr. Public Health "mostly because he helped set the course for modern thinking about health and fitness," according to a Los Angeles Times profile. "Breslow was uncannily on target, not just about smoking, but about many of the more subtle influences on the quality, and quantity, of human life." Breslow has served as director of public health for California and president of the American Public Health Association, the International Epidemiology Association and the Association of Schools of Public Health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science, and has received numerous major awards.

UCLA School of Public Health
Box 951772
Los Angeles  California  90095
United States
Office Phone: 
(310) 825-1388
Office Fax: 
(310) 825-3317

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