Richard K. Riegelman is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and also holds appointments in Medicine and in Health Policy. He is the Founding Dean of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
It takes vision and determination to guide a collection of disparate public health and health services programs into a single entity, as Professor Riegelman did in founding GW's School of Public Health and Health Services in 1997. As part of that effort, he expanded training opportunities at the School to include a number of doctoral and joint degree programs, created new research centers and launched initiatives in long-term care, health law and policy, health services research, community-oriented primary care, health information systems, health communications and distance education. He also led the development of the School's undergraduate major in public health, which has been offered since 2003.
In recent years Dr. Riegelman has spearheaded the national educated citizen and public health movement which aims to fulfill the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that ??all undergraduates should have access to education in public health.? He is editor and an author in the Essential Public Health book series which will include over 20 textbooks for introductory course work in public health.
Dr. Riegelman began his many years of service at GW as a resident in internal medicine in 1976 and joined the medical school faculty two years later. In the years since, he has dedicated his career to the practice of medicine, to enhancing medical and public health training and to promoting critical evaluation of health research literature. In 2005, Dr. Riegelman won the Duncan Clark award from the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine for his contributions to the field.
In 2007, Dr. Riegelman was honored to receive the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence. This prestigious national award recognized Dr. Riegelman for his service and achievements in cultivating the public health leaders of the future.
Dr. Riegelman continues to teach undergraduate and graduate students, write textbooks, and serve as the editor of two book series.