David R. Holtgrave
David R. Holtgrave

David R. Holtgrave, PhD

  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Health, Behavior and Society (Primary)
  • School of Medicine (Joint)
  • School of Nursing (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Center for AIDS Research
  • Center for Global Health
  • The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
  • Urban Health Institute (UHI)

Contact Information

F:  410-502-4080
E: david.r.holtgrave@jhu.edu


PhD, University of Illinois, 1988


Dr. Holtgrave's research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of HIV prevention and care interventions (including the provision of housing as a structural HIV/AIDS intervention), 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. He has also previously served as the Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention -- Intervention Research & Support at the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, Dr. Holtgrave has 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.  He has served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).

Dr. Holtgrave has also participated in economic evaluations of interventions designed to reduce smoking behaviors. 

Besides serving since 2005 as Professor and Department Chair, he co-directs the Center for Implementation Research in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and previously served as the Interim Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

Honors and honors

Inaugural Health, Behavior and Society Professor (Endowed Professorship, 2017 onward)

Member and Vice-Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (Membership terms 2010-2016)

Partnership Award, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, 2014

The Golden Apple Award, and The 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

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

Research Interests

  • HIV prevention
  • cost-effectiveness analysis
  •  economic evaluation
  • smoking behavior
  • implementation science


The following five publications gave a sampling of some recent research focused on ways to change the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States and to address health disparities across and among communities most disproportionately impacted by HIV.

  • Holtgrave DR, Hall HI, Wehrmeyer L, Maulsby C. Costs, consequences and feasibility of strategies for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Stategy in the United States: A closing window for success? AIDS and Behavior 2012;16(6):1365-1372.
  • Holtgrave DR, Greenwald R. A SWOT analysis of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U.S., 2015-2020. AIDS and Behavior 2016;20(1):1-6.
  • Johnson AS, Hall HI, Hu X, Lansky A, Holtgrave DR, Mermin J. Trends in diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States, 2002-2011. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2014;312(4):432-434.
  • Bonacci RA, Holtgrave DR. U.S. HIV incidence and transmission goals, 2020 and 2025. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2017 (Epub ahead of print).
  • Marrazzo JM, Del Rio C, Holtgrave DR, et al. HIV prevention in clinical care settings: 2014 recommendations of the International Antiviral Society-USA Panel. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2014;312(4):390-409.