Richard S. Hopkins, MD, MSPH

Emeritus Faculty
Curriculum Vitae

Richard S. Hopkins, MD, MSPH, is an applied epidemiologist with over 30 years experience working in state health departments (in Montana, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia, and Florida) and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (in the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Informatic). He was State Epidemiologist in Colorado from 1979 to 1985 and in Florida from 1991 to 2001, and Acting State Epidemiologist in Florida again from 2009 to 2012. He received his AB degree from Harvard College in 1968, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, and his Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of Colorado in 1987. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He has held regular academic positions at Ohio University (1985-1986) and the Ohio State University (1987-1990), and courtesy appointments at the Universities of Florida, South Florida and Miami. He has published papers in areas as diverse as the epidemiology of infectious diseases, cancer, and injuries, and the evaluation of programs for the prevention of tobacco use. He prepared the Medicaid cost estimates that were used in Florida’s successful suit against the major tobacco companies. Recently his major interests have been in the design and evaluation of public health surveillance systems, and in the effective use of informatics investments to support public health surveillance. In 2012 Dr. Hopkins was honored with the Pumphandle Award for excellence in applied epidemiology by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.