Professor Donald Morisky in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, received the Distinguished Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section of the American Public Health Association. The award is given for outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of health education, health promotion and/or health communications.
Morisky directs the School of Public Health's doctoral training program in the social and behavioral determinants of HIV/AIDS, and served as vice-chair of his department from 1994-2003 and chair from 2004-2005. He teaches core courses in program planning, survey research methods and evaluation. He also teaches courses on research methodology and courses on the social and behavioral determinants of HIV/AIDS prevention from a global perspective.
Morisky's research is directed to both chronic and infectious diseases, specifically the risk factors for cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and elevated cholesterol), tuberculosis control and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has conducted research in the Philippines for over 30 years, and he is currently a co-investigator on an NIA research grant addressing medication-taking behavior among the elderly, in collaboration with the Oschner Clinic at Tulane University.