Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D.

Kenneth Warner

Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health

Professor, Health Management & Policy

M3174, SPH II      Vcard icon
1420 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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Holford TR, Meza R, Warner KE, Meernik C, Jeon J, Moolgavkar SH, Levy DT (2014). Tobacco control and the reduction in premature smoking-related deaths in the United States JAMA, 311, 164-171.

Warner KE, Sexton DW, Gillespie BW, Levy DT, Chaloupka FJ (2014). The impact of tobacco control on adult per capita cigarette consumption in the United States American Journal of Public Health, 104, 83-89.

Warner KE, McCammon RJ, Fries BJ, Langa KM (2013). The impact of cigarette smoking on utilization of nursing home services Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15, 1902-1909.

Mendez D, Alshanqeety O, Warner KE (2013). The Potential Impact of Smoking Control Policies on Future Global Smoking Trends Tobacco Control, 22:46-51

Smith EA and Warner KE, editors (April, 2013). The End of Tobacco? The Tobacco Endgame Tobacco Control, Supplement 1

Warner KE, Tam J (2012). The impact of tobacco control research on policy: 20 years of progress. Tobacco Control, 21:103-109

Warner KE, Mendez D (2012). Accuracy and importance of projections from a dynamic simulation model of smoking prevalence in the U.S. American Journal of Public Health, 102:2045-2048

Warner KE, Mendez D (September, 2010). Tobacco control policy in developed countries: Today, yesterday and tomorrow. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12:876-887

Brownell KD, Warner KE (March, 2009). The perils of ignoring history: Big tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is big food? The Milbank Quarterly, 87:259-294

O'Connell ME, Boat T, Warner KE, (eds) (2009). Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People Washington: National Academies Press.

Professional Affiliations

American Public Health Association
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco