Ron Goetzel

Johns Hopkins University
Truven Health Analytics

The workplace is an untapped resource for improving the health of populations normally not exposed to health promotion and disease prevention interventions.  Yet evidence suggests that a healthy workforce has lower healthcare costs and higher productivity.  Well-designed and evidence-based workplace health promotion programs have the potential to improve workers’ health and positively impact an organization’s bottom line.


Ron Z. Goetzel wears two hats. He is a Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Truven Health Analytics. Before moving to Hopkins, Dr. Goetzel was  Director of the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) and Director of the Cornell University IHPS before that. Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative research 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 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.

Dr. Goetzel is a Task Force Member of the Guide to Community Preventive Services housed at the CDC, and President and CEO of The Health Project, which annually awards organizations the prestigious C. Everett Koop prize for demonstrable health improvement and cost savings from health promotion and disease prevention programs. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Department of Homeland Security Workforce Resilience.

Before joining Truven Health Analytics (formerly Medstat) in 1995, Dr. Goetzel was Vice President of Assessment, Data Analysis, and Evaluation Services at Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Goetzel was one of the original members of the core development and marketing group at Corporate Health Strategies. Earlier in his career, Dr. Goetzel was the Medical School Education Program Evaluator at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was appointed to the Psychiatry faculty.

Dr. Goetzel earned his doctorate in Organizational and Administrative Studies and his M.A. in Applied Social Psychology from New York University (NYU), and his B.S. degree in Psychology from the City College of New York (CCNY). He is located in Bethesda, MD.


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