Ursula Bauer

Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, is the director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed on January 4, 2010.

“Our top priority in chronic disease prevention is to help create environments that support and sustain health. People in every community should have ready access to safe places to walk and play, to abundant, affordable sources of healthy foods, and to indoor air that is free of tobacco smoke.”

—Ursula Bauer, Ph.D., MPH

Prior to becoming director of NCCDPHP, Dr. Bauer was director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the New York State Department of Health. She was named to that post in March 2008. She provided leadership, vision, and direction to the state’s chronic disease programs and efforts to integrate prevention activities into a focused set of strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease, reduce health care costs, and improve the health of New Yorkers.

Dr. Bauer joined the New York health department in 2001 as the director of its Tobacco Control Program. In that role Dr. Bauer transformed the program into a focused, effective exemplar of tobacco control strategy and practice. She doubled the program’s funding from $43 million to $85 million and implemented key evidence-based policy strategies, including two cigarette excise tax increases and the statewide Clean Indoor Air Act.

Prior to her service in New York, Dr. Bauer worked as a chronic disease epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health and, as a CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, with the Louisiana Office of Public Health. She conducted public health surveillance, led evaluation and research programs, and designed and implemented systems and studies to monitor and demonstrate the impact of public health interventions. She was also an assistant professor at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health.

One of Dr. Bauer’s sentinel publications was an August 2000 JAMA article that documented a 40-percent reduction in smoking among Florida middle school students and an 18-percent drop among the state’s high school students in a 2-year period following implementation of the Florida Pilot Program on Tobacco Control.

Dr. Bauer received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University, an M.P.H. in Family Health from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers, The State University. She is married and has two daughters.