Dr. Novotny's current research focuses on the environmental impacts of tobacco use, the susceptibility to smoking initiation among young Chinese women, the interaction between tuberculosis and smoking, and health diplomacy. He teaches courses on global health, tobacco control, and research methods.
Thomas E. Novotny, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor and co-director of the Joint Degree Program (PhD) in Global Health. He is a medical epidemiologist and family physician specializing in health systems, non-communicable disease control, and health diplomacy. From 2002-2008, he was a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and he is currently in the Division of Epidemiology at SDSU. At UCSF, he developed curriculum in global health, health diplomacy, and clinical research, and he served on the Faculty Council. He was recognized by the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators for his excellence in teaching.
Prior to his academic career, he was with the U.S. Public Health Service for 23 years, serving as a Family Physician in the National Health Service Corps, as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Colorado Department of Health, as a Medical Epidemiologist with the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, as CDC liaison to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, as CDC liaison to the World Bank, and as Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Refugee Health in the Clinton Administration. At UC Berkeley, he was Professor of Epidemiology and Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice. While with the World Bank, he worked on analyses of the economic aspects of tobacco and health, health systems reform in Eastern Europe, and HIV/AIDS policy. He was an editor and contributor to several Surgeon General's Reports on the Health Consequences of Smoking, and he has published widely on tobacco and health, HIV in Eastern Europe, and health diplomacy. In partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), he has developed executive training and curriculum in health diplomacy and is a co-founder of the Academic Consortium on Health Diplomacy.
- Lim, M., and Novotny, T.E. (in press) Improving patient care in infectious disease outbreaks: can the US government contribute more?. Fed Practitioner.
- Finch, K., Ma, S.J., Qin, D.X., Xin, G., Xia, W., and Novotny, T.E. (in press) Smoking knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among rural-to-urban migrant women in Beijing, China. Asia-Pacific J Public Health.
- Yang, J.S., and Novotny, T.E. (in press) Policy Coherence in U.S. Tobacco Control: Beyond FDA Regulation. PLoS Medicine.
- Macfarlane, S.B., Agabian, N, Novotny, T.E., Rutherford, G.W., Stewart, C.C., and Debas, H.T. (2008) Think Globally, Act Locally, and Collaborate Internationally: Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Acad Med. 83(2): 173-179.
- Novotny, T.E. (2008) Smoking cessation and tuberculosis: connecting the DOTS. J Tuberc Lung Dis. 12: 1103-1103.
- Zekan, S., Novotny, T.E., and Begovac, J. (2008) Unsafe sexual behavior among HIV-infected patients in Croatia, 2006. AIDS Beha. 12(4): S86-92.
- Novotny, T.E., and Adams, V. (2007) Global health diplomacy-A call for a new field of teaching and research. San Francisco Medicine. 80(3): 22-23.
- Novotny, T.E. (2007) Global Health Education and Careers. In Understanding Global Health. New York: McGraw-Hill, -.
- Kickbusch, I., Novotony, T.E., Drager, N., Silberschmidt , G., and Alcazar , S. (2007) Global health diplomacy: training across disciplines. Bulletin of WHO. 85(12): 971-973.
- Ho, M.G. G., Shi, Y., Ma, S.J., and Novotny, T.E. (2007) Perceptions of tobacco advertising and marketing that might lead to smoking initiation among Chinese high school girls. Tobacco Control. 16: 359-360.
- Novotny, T.E. (2007) Global governance and public health security in the 21st Century. California W Internat Law Jour. 38(1): 19-40.
- Novotny, T.E. (2006) US Department of Health and Human Services: A Need for Global Health Leadership in Preparedness and Health Diplomacy. Am J Public Health. 96(1): 11-13.
- Novotny, T. 2006. Public health infrastructure and leadership for preparedness. Proceedings of the Global Health Summit, 2005. Washington, DC: George Washington University Department of Global Health.
- Novotny, T.E. (2006) The 'Ultimate Prize' for Big Tobacco: Opening the Chinese cigarette market by cigarette smuggling. PLoS Med. 3(7): e279-DOI.
- Begovac, J., Lisic, M., Lukas, D., Maretic, T., Kniewalk, T., and Novotny, T.E. (2006) Marked improvement in survival among adult Croatian AIDS patients after the introduction of highly active antiretroviral treatment. Coll Antropol. 30(1): 175-179.
- Simic, M., Johnston, L., Platt, L., Baros, S., Andjelkovic, V., Novotny, T., and Rhodes, T. (2006) Exploring barriers to 'respondent driven sampling' in sex worker and drug-injecting sex worker populations in Europe. Jour Urban Health. 83(7): 6-15.