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Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD

  • Senior Scientist

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7700 Old Georgetown Road
Suite 650
Bethesda, Maryland 20814


Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
The Health Project

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PhD, New York University, 1982
MA, New York University, 1975
BS, City College of New York, 1972


Ron Goetzel wears two hats. He is Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for IBM Watson Health. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia. Before moving to Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Goetzel was on the faculty at Emory and Cornell Universities. Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity. He is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. Dr. Goetzel has published well over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the Woodward Lecture Award in Recognition of Leadership and Vision in Promoting and Expanding Preventive Medicine and Population Health Improvement – U.S. Navy Environmental Health Center, Department of Defense, March 18, 2002.

Recipient of the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Value Purchasing from the National Business Group on Health, March 13, 2008, Washington, DC.

Recipient of the Mark Dundon Research Award, HERO, September 13, 2011.

  • workplace health promotion
  • wellnesss programs
  • worksite
  • health risks
  • return on investment
  • applied social psychology
  • evaluation research
  • prevention
  • health promotion
  • workplace