Sc.D., 1983, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
M.Sc., 1976, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
B.A., 1972, The Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus
Tobacco Control, Cancer Prevention, Urban Health, Global Health, Chronic Diseases & Determinants
Dean of the School of Public Health
Principal Investigator, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS)
The founding Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, Professor Eriksen has led the university’s public health program since 2002. He received his training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and has had a long and distinguished career in public health. Dr. Eriksen has been employed in a variety of settings, including academia (University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas), the private sector (Pacific Telephone), state government (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), federal government (CDC), and international organizations (WHO). Dr. Eriksen has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and is co-author of all five editions of The Tobacco Atlas.
Dr. Eriksen is the lead researcher on a $19 million grant, the largest in Georgia State history, to establish one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Georgia State, with its partners, the University of Illinois at Chicago and RTI International, focus on a particularly important and often overlooked aspect of regulatory science—the understanding of human decision-making around the use of tobacco. The Georgia State TCORS examines human economic behavior, consumer reaction to tobacco marketing and individual perception of risk of using novel tobacco products.
As a tenured professor at Georgia State University, Dr. Eriksen has taught graduate-level classes in the social and behavioral sciences, urban health, tobacco control, and global health. He serves on the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Board of Directors and is editor-in-chief of the public health journal Health Education Research. During his time at CDC, Dr. Eriksen was the longest-serving Director of the Office on Smoking and Health where he played a leadership role in developing tobacco control policy for the United States.
Dr. Eriksen has been designated as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition and is a recipient of the WHO Commemorative Medal on Tobacco or Health as well as a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, awarded by President Bill Clinton. He has recently served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. He is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and has been a member of the American Public Health Association for over 40 years.