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Ron Goetzel
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD

Vice President, Consulting and Applied Research

Dr. Goetzel is vice president of consulting and applied research for Truven Health Analytics as well as the Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative research projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity. He is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. Dr. Goetzel has published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums. Over the past 20 years, his work has focused on large-scale evaluations of health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management programs in the public and private sectors, domestically and abroad.


Dr. Goetzel earned his doctorate in Organizational and Administrative Studies and his M.A. in Applied Social Psychology from New York University (NYU), and his B.S. degree in Psychology from the City College of New York (CCNY).

Areas of Expertise
  • Health management and disease prevention
  • Healthcare data analysis
  • Outcomes research
  • Managed care
Journal Articles

Estimating the Return on Investment From a Health Risk Management Program Offered to Small Colorado-Based Employers
Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Tabrizi, Maryam MS, PhD; Henke, Rachel Mosher PhD; Benevent, Richele MS; Brockbank, Claire v. S. MS; Stinson, Kaylan MSPH; Trotter, Margo RN, BScN, MHSc; Newman, Lee S. MD, MA.; Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: May 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 5 - p 554–560, doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000152

The Predictive Validity of the HERO Scorecard in Determining Future Health Care Cost and Risk Trends.
Goetzel RZ, Henke RM, Benevent R, Tabrizi MJ, Kent KB, Smith KJ, Roemer EC, Grossmeier J, Mason ST, Gold DB, Noeldner SP, Anderson DR.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2014 Feb;56(2):136-44

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