Professor Sander Greenland

Professor Sander Greenland

UCLA School of Public Health, USA

Professor Sander Greenland is within the international elite in theoretical and applied epidemiology. For decades, he has been a leading force in developing and refining the research methods used in public health and clinical epidemiology. Without doubt, Professor Greenland is the most productive scientist in theoretical epidemiology worldwide with more than 350 papers published in peer reviewed journals, some of which have been cited over 500 times.


He combines skills in mathematics, public health, statistics, philosophy, and epidemiology and he has used these skills to help developing epidemiology to the high level it has today. He is the author of some of the best known and most widely used textbooks in epidemiology. We now know much more about the power and the limitations of epidemiologic methods than we did 30 years ago; much due to his achievements over the years, and Sander Greenland has played a key role in this development.


Professor Greenland has also been the one to introduce new methods developed in other disciplines, such as causal diagrams or statistical methods used in econometrics, into epidemiology. He is well read in many other disciplines and he has added the necessary educational background to understand complicated technical developments of potential relevance for public health coming from these other areas of research. His current interest addresses use of public health science in policy and in legal matters.


Professor Greenland figures as an expert in many reviews of scientific evidence, and he has been a strong advocate for keeping high standards for making causal inference based upon statistical analyses. He has provided much of the ammunition for the misuse of statistical significance testing in clinical research and in public health and he has helped develop alternative ways of analysing data. His ideas have often been controversial but are receiving more and more support from, for example, editors of leading journals.


Greenland was professor at the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at UCLA, while Professor Jørn Olsen chaired the department. Greenland has co-authored several papers published from Aarhus University, and he has hold courses for Aarhus University.


Sander Greenland - CURRICULUM VITAE

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, USA


Education and appontments


2012 -  Research Professor and Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and

Statistics, University of California



1999-2012 Professor of Statistics, UCLA College of Letters and Science (secondary




1989-2012 Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health (primary




1995-2004 Research Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern

California School of Medicine (collaborative appointment)



1984-1989 Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health



1980-1984 Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health



1979 Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health



1978 Dr.P.H. University of California, Los Angeles

Major: Epidemiology; Minor: Mathematics



1976 M.S. University of California, Los Angeles

Major: Public Health


1973 M.A. University of California, Berkeley

Major: Mathematics


1972 A.B. University of California, Berkeley

Major: Mathematics; Minor: Psychology


Selected prizes and honours


2012: Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA School of Public Health

2010: Advisory Committee Service Award, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

2009: UCLA Public Health Student Association Teaching Award

2009: Mildred Morehouse Visiting Professor, Albert Einstein Medical College

1998: Fellow, American Statistical Association

1993: Chartered Statistician and Fellow, Royal Statistical Society