Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy for NCDs, Emory University
Dr. Michael Pratt is the Senior Advisor for Global Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previously he was the Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at CDC, led CDC’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health. He is the founder and director of the CDC International Courses on Physical Activity and Public Health. Dr. Pratt is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Emory University, and in the schools of medicine and government at the University of los Andes in Colombia. He completed both a Masters Degree in exercise physiology and his M.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle, and medical residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and CDC, and earned a Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and is a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Pratt's research interests include increasing global public health capacity for chronic disease prevention, environmental and policy approaches to increasing participation in physical activity, the costs of inactivity and cost effectiveness of physical activity interventions, and physical activity counseling by health professionals. He has published over 100 scientific articles and spoken widely on disease prevention and health promotion.