Recognizing that many of today’s critical public health problems can be addressed, at least partly, through improved nutrition and physical activity, Professor Loretta DiPietro has built bridges between population-based public health and the clinical and physiological domains of exercise science. She is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of physical activity and aging. An accomplished and widely published researcher, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute on Aging and the American Cancer Society, and has lectured at medical schools, public health schools, and other organizations around the world.
Dr. DiPietro was a former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. She joined GW SPHHS in 2008 from Yale University School of Medicine, where she was associate professor of epidemiology and public health and a fellow at the John B. Pierce Laboratory, which studies how biological systems interact with the built environment and their influence on health. As chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dr. DiPietro emphasizes the many collaborative research and educational opportunities that students can pursue across the School and the entire University.