Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, PhD

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Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Austin Associate Regional Dean

Dr. Kohl served as lead epidemiologist and team leader in the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the CDC in Atlanta. In 2006 he was tapped to help create the first U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines, which were published in 2008. Since 1984 he has worked in the area of physical activity and health, including conducting research, developing and evaluating intervention programs for adults and children, and developing and advising on policy issues.

He has served as an elected Trustee and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. He is the founder and past-president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. He has served in an editorial capacity for several scientific journals and is currently Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. He served as Chair of an Institute of Medicine committee at the National Academies of Science on physical activity and physical education in school-based settings and is a past Chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. He has published more than 200 papers, chapters and monographs in the scientific literature and in 2012 co-authored the textbook Foundations of Physical Activity and Public Health.

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Current Projects

Houston TRAIN Study

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The Houston TRAIN (Transportation Related Activity in Neighborhoods) Study will examine the short and long-term effect of a new light rail transit (LRT) system on adults’ physical activity in Houston, Texas.

Recent Publications

Transit Use and Physical Activity: Findings from the Houston Travel Related Activity in Neighborhoods (TRAIN) Study

(Knell G, Durand CP, Shuval K, Kohl HW III, Salvo D, Sener I, Pettee Gabriel K; Preventative Medicine; 2017)

Intrapersonal and environmental correlates of bicycling in United States adults

(Porter, A., Salvo, D., Pérez, A., Reininger, B., Kohl, H.W.; Preventative Medicine;

Associations of Physical Activity, Sedentary Time, and Screen Time With Cardiovascular Fitness in United States Adolescents: Results from the NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey (NNYFS)

(Porter AK, Matthews KJ, Salvo D, Kohl III HW; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2017)

The longitudinal relation between self-reported physical activity and presenteeism

(Walker TJ, Tullar JM, Diamond PM, Kohl HW 3rd, Amick BC 3rd; Prev Med; 2017)

Association of Self-Reported Aerobic Physical Activity, Muscle-Strengthening Physical Activity, and Stretching Behavior With Presenteeism

(Walker TJ, Tullar JM, Diamond PM, Kohl HW 3rd, Amick BC 3rd; J Occup Environ Med; 2017)

Recent News

Faces of Public Health: Bill Kohl, PhD

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RWJF Harold W. “Bill” Kohl, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health is in the midst of a three-year appointment to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) Science Board.

Kohl to chair Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board

Kohl speaks at Congressional Briefing

The briefing highlighted what schools and school districts are doing to combat childhood obesity and the role that Congress can play in reversing this epidemic.

ACSM Selects Kohl for Citation Award

The Citation Award is one of the highest awards given by ACSM.

Kohl participates in 2012 Social Good Summit

Co-panelists included Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix and NIKE brand president Charlie Denson.