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Senior Scientist

Ron Goetzel, PhD, MA, studies the relationship between employee health and well-being, medical costs, and workplace productivity.

Contact Info

Research Interests

workplace health promotion; wellnesss programs; worksite; health risks; return on investment; applied social psychology; evaluation research; prevention; health promotion; workplace
Experiences & Accomplishments
New York University
New York University
City College of New York
Ron Goetzel is Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 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. Pronouns: he/him
Honors & 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.

Editor’s Choice Article of the Year, American Journal of Health Promotion, 2019.
Select Publications
Selected publications from the last 5 years
  • Goetzel RZ, Roemer EC, Kent KB, McCleary K, Berko J, Henke R. (2019) Integration of Workplace Prevention Programs and Organizational Effectiveness. In Total Worker Health® Integrated Prevention Strategies in Occupational Safety and Health. National Institutes of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Hudson, H; Sauter, S; Nigam, J (eds.) Total worker health (pp. 279-294). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
  • Goetzel RZ, Henke RM, Head MA, Benevent R, Rhee K. Ten Modifiable Health Risk Factors and Employees’ Medical Costs – An Update. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2020, Vol. 34(5) 490-499.
  • Goetzel RZ, Fabius R, Roemer EC, Kent KB, Berko J, Head MA, Henke RM. The Stock Performance of American Companies Investing in a Culture of Health. American Journal of Health Promotion. (2020) 33(3) 439-447 DOI: 10.1177/0890117118824818.
  • Goetzel RZ, Roemer EC, Holingue C, Fallin MD, McCleary K, Eaton W, Agnew J, Azocar F, Ballard D, Bartlett J, Braga M, Conway H, Crighton KA, Frank R, Jinnett K, Keller-Greene D, Rauch SM, Safeer R, Saporito D, Schill A, Shern D, Strecher V, Wald P, Wang P, Mattingly CR. Mental Health in the Workplace: A Call to Action Proceedings from the Mental Health in the Workplace Public Health Summit. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: December 26, 2017. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001271.
  • Goetzel RZ, Henke RM, Head M, Benevent R, Calitz C. Workplace Programs, Policies, and Environmental Supports to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease. Health Affairs. February 2017. 36, no.2 (2017):229-236.
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