Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D.

Kenneth Warner

Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health

Professor, Health Management & Policy

3611B SPH Tower      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 763-8495; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary


Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan and Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, UM School of Public Health. He served as Dean of the School from 2005-10. He has been on the school’s faculty since 1972.

Presented in over 200 professional publications, Dr. Warner’s research has focused on economic and policy aspects of disease prevention and health promotion, with a special emphasis on tobacco and health. Dr. Warner served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, published in 1989. He was the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Tobacco Research Network. He is on the editorial boards of three professional journals and chairs the board of the international journal Tobacco Control. He is a consultant to numerous governmental bodies, voluntary organizations, and businesses, and was a founding member of the board of directors of the American Legacy Foundation. From 2001-2002 he served as the World Bank’s representative to negotiations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first international health treaty. Dr. Warner has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

Dr. Warner has been cited twice by Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society, for “outstanding achievement in public health.” He was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion by Dr. C. Everett Koop in 1989. In 1990, he received the Leadership Award of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section of the American Public Health Association. In 1991, Dr. Warner was elected to a four-year term as a Senior Fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. In 1996, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (and to the governing Council of the Institute in 1999) and was named to the first class of Fellows of the Association for Health Services Research. In 1997, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the UM School of Public Health. In 2001 he was the co-recipient of the inaugural Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In 2003, he received the international Luther L. Terry Award for Outstanding Leadership in Tobacco Control, recognized in the category of Outstanding Research Contribution. In 2010 he was co-recipient of the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking to Health.  Dr. Warner was a Senior Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Institute of Gerontology in 1989-90, a Kellogg National Fellow from 1980 to 1983, and a Visiting Scholar at the National Bureau of Economic Research at Stanford University during 1975-76.


Courses Taught

HMP200: Health and Society: Introduction to Public Health
PUBHLTH200: Health and Society: Introduction to Public Health


Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1974
M.Phil., Economics, Yale University, 1970
A.B., (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Highest Distinction in Economics), Dartmouth College, 1968

Research Interests & Projects


Effects of tobacco control policies; dynamic analysis of trends in smoking and smoking cessation; economic implications of tobacco and of tobacco control.


Selected Publications

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Mendez, D., Alshanqeety, O., Warner, K. E., Lantz, P. M., & Courant, P. N. (Forthcoming). The impact of declining smoking on radon-related lung cancer in the U.S. American Journal of Public Health.

Warner, K. E., & Mendez, D. (2010). Tobacco control policy in developed countries: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Nicotine and Tobacco Research12(9), 876-887.

Zeller, M., Hatsukami, D., Backinger, C., et al. (2009). The strategic dialogue on tobacco harm reduction: A vision and blueprint for action in the U.S. Tobacco Control18, 324-332.

Brownell, K.D., & Warner, K.E. (2009). The perils of ignoring history: Big tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is big food? The Milbank Quarterly87(1), 259-294.

Warner, K.E., Mendez, D., and Alshanqeety, O. (2008). Tobacco control success or demographic destiny? Examining the causes behind the low smoking prevalence in California.American Journal of Public Health98, 268-9.

Gollust, S.E., Schroeder, S.A., & Warner, K.E. (2008). Helping smokers quit: Understanding the barriers to utilization of smoking cessation services. The Milbank Quarterly86(4), 601-627.

Mendez, D. and Warner, K.E. (2008). Setting a challenging yet realistic smoking prevalence target for Healthy People 2020: Learning from the California experience. American Journal of Public Health98, 556-559.

Backinger, C.L., O’Connell, M.E. and Warner, K.E., eds. (2007). National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Statement on Tobacco Use, Prevention, Cessation, and Control.American Journal of Preventive Medicine33(suppl 6)

Warner, K.E., ed. (2006). Tobacco Control Policy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Warner, K.E. and Mackay, J. (2006). The global tobacco disease pandemic: Nature, causes, and cures. Global Public Health1, 65-86.

Professional Affiliations

American Public Health Association
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco


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