Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Affiliate Professor, Urban Design and Planning

Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he teaches courses on healthy community design and on health impact assessment. Before coming to Seattle, he served as Team Leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research and teaching has focused on examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment. He has a particular interest in the use of a health impact assessment as a tool to inform community planners about the health consequences of their decisions. Previously he served as Director of CDC's Division of Applied Public Health Training, as Preventive Medicine Residency director and as an injury prevention epidemiologist on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Dr. Dannenberg is board certified in Preventive Medicine (1986-present).  He completed a residency in family practice at the Medical University of South Carolina and was board certified in Family Practice (1982-1989).

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Research Interests

  • Public health including epidemiology and environmental health
    Impacts on public health of urban design and land use planning
    Impacts on public health of transportation planning
    Health impact assessment

Teaching interests

Courses now taught at UW:

EnvH 538 and UrbDP 538: Public Health and Built Environment (Winter
EnvH 536 and UrbDP 536: Health Impact Assessment (Spring Quarter)


AB, Biology, Swarthmore College, 1974
MD, Medicine, Stanford University, 1979
MPH, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 1983


  • Review of use of health impact assessment on transportation projects
  • Evaluation of characteristics of successful health impact assessments
  • Development of model curriculum for teaching university level health impact assessment courses
Selected Publications


Dannenberg AL, Frumkin H, Jackson RJ. Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability.  Washington DC: Island Press, 2011


Bourcier E, Charbonneau D, Cahill C, Dannenberg AL. An evaluation of health impact assessments in the United States, 2011-2014. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2015; 12:140376.
Pollack KM, Dannenberg AL, Botchwey ND, Stone CL, Seto E. Developing a model curriculm for a university course in health impact assessment in the USA. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 2015; 33(1):80-85.
Dannenberg AL, Ricklin A, Ross CL, Schawrtz M, West J, White S, Wier ML. Use of health impact assessment for transportation planning: importance of transportation agency involvement in the process. Transportation Research Record. 2014; 2452:71-80. 
Haigh F, Harris E, Harris-Roxas B, Baum F, Dannenberg AL, Harris MF, Keleher H, Kemp L, Morgan R, Chok HN, Spickett J. What makes health impact assessments successful? Factors contributing to effectiveness in Australia and New Zealand. BMC Public Health. (2015) 15:1009, 2015.
Haigh F, Baum F, Dannenberg AL, Harris MF, Harris-Roxas B, Keleher H, Kemp L, Morgan R, Chok HN, Spickett J, Harris E.  The effectiveness of health impact assessment in influencing decision-making in Australia and New Zealand 2005-2009.  BMC Public Health. 13:1188, 2013.  
Haigh F, Baum F, Dannenberg AL, Harris MF, Harris-Roxas B, Keleher H, Kemp L, Morgan R, Chok HN, Spickett J, Harris E.  The effectiveness of health impact assessment in influencing decision-making in Australia and New Zealand 2005-2009.  BMC Public Health. 13:1188, 2013.  
Jackson RJ, Dannenberg AL, Frumkin H. Heath and the built environment: 10 years after. American Journal of Public Health. 103(9):1542-1544, 2013.
Dannenberg AL, Wu P, Frumkin H. The role of physicians in promoting healthier built environments. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 44(6):e67-e69, 2013.
Freeland AL, Banerjee SN, Dannenberg AL, Wendel AM.Walking associated with public transit: moving toward increased physical activity in the United States. American Journal of Public Health. 103(3):536-542, 2013.
Ross CL, Leone de Nie K, Dannenberg AL, Beck LF, Marcus MJ, Barringer J.Health impact assessment of the Atlanta BeltLine. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 42:203-213, 2012
Hebert KA, Wendel AM, Kennedy SK, Dannenberg AL.Health impact assessment: a comparison of 45 local, national, and international guidelines.Environmental Impact Assessment Review.34:74-82, 2012.
Pucher J, Buehler R, Bassett DR, Dannenberg AL.Walking and cycling to health: a comparative analysis of city, state, and international data. American Journal of Public Health.100:1986-1992, 2010.
Botchwey ND, Hobson SE, Dannenberg AL, Mumford KG, Contant CK, McMillan TE, Jackson RJ, Lopez R, Winkle C. A model built environment and public health course curriculum: training for an interdisciplinary workforce. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.36(2 Suppl):S63-S71, 2009.
Dannenberg AL, Bhatia R, Cole BL, Heaton SK, Feldman JD, Rutt CD. Use of health impact assessment in the U.S.: 27 case studies, 1999-2007. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 34(3):241-56, 2008.
Watson M, Dannenberg AL.Investment in Safe Routes to School projects: public health benefits for the larger community.Preventing Chronic Disease. 2008; 5(3). Online journal.
Wendel AM, Dannenberg AL, Frumkin H.Designing and building healthy places for children.International Journal of Environment and Health.2:338-355, 2008.
Younger M, Morrow-Almeida HR, Vindigni SM, Dannenberg AL.The built environment, climate change, and health: opportunities for co-benefits. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.35(5):517-526, 2008.
Dannenberg AL, Bhatia R, Cole BL, Dora C, Fielding JE, Kraft K, McClymont-Peace D, Mindell J, Onyekere C, Roberts JA, Ross CL, Rutt CD, Scott-Samuel A, Tilson HH.Growing the field of Health Impact Assessment in the United States: an agenda for research and practice. American Journal of Public Health. 96(2):262-270, 2006.
Besser M, Dannenberg AL.Walking to public transit: steps to help meet physical activity recommendations.American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 29(4):273-280, 2005.
Dannenberg AL, Cramer TW, Gibson CJ.Assessing the walkability of the workplace: a new audit tool. American Journal of Health Promotion. 20(1):39-44, 2005.
Dannenberg AL, Jackson RJ, Frumkin H, Schieber RA, Pratt M, Kochtitzky C, Tilson HH.The impact of community design and land-use choices on public health: a scientific research agenda. American Journal of Public Health. 93:1500-1508, 2003.
Carter SP, Carter SL, Dannenberg AL. Zoning out crime and improving community health in Sarasota, Florida: “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design”. American Journal of Public Health. 93:1442-1445, 2003.
Dannenberg AL, Quinlisk MP, Alkon E, Bera N, Cieslak PR, Davis JP, Kaye K,Paul SM, Rubin JD, Sewell CM, Touma O.U.S. Medical students’ rotations in epidemiology and public health at state and local health departments. Academic Medicine. 77:799-809, 2002.
Thacker SB, Dannenberg AL, Hamilton DH.Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 50 years of training and service in applied epidemiology. American Journal of Epidemiology. 154:985-992, 2001.
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