michaelpratt

Dr. Pratt is the Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at CDC, co-leads CDC’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health, and is the founder and director of the CDC – IUHPE Course on Physical Activity and Public Health. Dr. Pratt is an adjunct professor at the Emory, Texas-Austin, and San Diego State University Schools of Public Health. He completed both a Masters degree in exercise physiology and his Medical Degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, and medical residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the CDC, and earned a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and is a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Pratt’s research interests include increasing global public health capacity for chronic disease prevention, environmental and policy approaches to increasing participation in physical activity, the costs of inactivity and cost effectiveness of physical activity interventions, physical activity epidemiology, and physical activity counseling by health professionals. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and spoken widely on chronic disease prevention and the health aspects of physical activity.