Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, PhD

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Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
Associate Regional Dean of Academic Affairs, UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin
harold.w.kohl@uth.tmc.edu

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

STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools)

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The STREETS Study (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) is a five-year (2018 – 2023) natural experiment that will evaluate the City of Austin Safe Routes to School program.

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

If you build it, will they come? A quasi-experimental evaluation of sidewalk improvements and changes in physical activity

(Knell G, Durand CP, Shuval K, Kohl HW 3rd, Salvo D, Olyuomi A, Gabriel KP; Transl J Am Coll Sports Med.; 2018)

The utility and cross-validation of a composite physical activity score in relation to cardiovascular health indicators: Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA)

(Gabriel, K., Pérez, A, Jacobs, D.R., Lee.J., Kohl, H.W. III, Hu, T., Sternfeld, B; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2018)

Intrapersonal and Environmental Correlates of Bicycling in U.S. Adults

(Porter, A., Salvo, D., Pérez, A., Reininger, B., Kohl, H.W.; Preventative Medicine; 2018)

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)

The relation of combined aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activity with presenteeism

(Walker TJ, Tullar JM, Diamond PM, Kohl HW 3rd, Amick BC 3rd; J Phys Act Health; 2017)