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Richard Goodman, MD, JD, MPH

Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency Program


Dr. Richard A. Goodman is Director of Emory University’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and also serves as Professor of Medicine in Emory’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Professor (Adjunct) in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.  From 1978 – 2015, he worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in leadership and staff positions.  Following completion of his internal medicine residency in 1978, Dr. Goodman joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program.  Other staff and leadership positions were Senior Medical Advisor, DHHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Editor-in-Chief of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series; Associate Director of CDC’s Epidemiology Program Office; and founding Co-Director of CDC’s Public Health Law Program. Dr. Goodman received his medical degree and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and earned a law degree at Emory University. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.  A Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service during 1978 – 2006, Dr. Goodman held the grade of Medical Director (CAPTAIN: O6).


In addition to preventive medicine, his other areas of concentration are on managing the national challenges of multiple chronic conditions, particularly among the expanding population of older adults, and on strengthening uses of the public health approach for maintaining functional autonomy among the older adult population. Dr. Goodman served as Associate Editor of CDC’s peer review journal Preventing Chronic Disease, and has lead- or co-authored over 140 papers, chapters, and other publications on topics in applied epidemiology, including surveillance and investigation of acute infectious disease outbreaks, and of chronic disease and injury prevention and control.  He served as the lead editor of the DHHS “Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions,” the founding Editor-in-Chief of the CDC text “Law in Public Health Practice,” and Co-Editor-in-Chief and major contributing author to the 4th Edition of the CDC text “Field Epidemiology.”