Distinguished Alumni Awards
John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award
Mark Wilson - 2009
Mark Wilson is a Professor and Department Head for the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia and Co-Director of the Workplace Health Group. For over 22 years, he has been actively conducting research, teaching and consulting in the workplace health promotion arena. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Wilson co-founded the Workplace Health Group (WHG), a multi-disciplinary research group focused on workplace health issues. The WHG is one of the few academic research units in the country to focus exclusively on worksite health promotion and safety issues. Since its inception in 2000, the WHG has acquired $5 million in external grants or support. The WHG was one of the first in the country to propose expanding the horizon of worksite health promotion; the first in the country to develop and test a comprehensive model of organizational health; the first to examine the efficacy of organizational and environmental interventions to reduce obesity, encompassing both the physical and social environment; and one of the first to translate a clinical intervention to worksite practice. He has consulted with many organizations and companies on projects ranging from the evaluation of a cholesterol reduction program to development and evaluation of a healthy work organization intervention. His research interests include worksite health promotion, healthy work organizations, and evaluation of behavioral interventions. He has served on a variety of advisory panels and editorial boards at the national level including Associate Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Health Promotion. His current projects funded by NIH and CDC include the evaluation of an environmental obesity intervention, a physical activity intervention, and a diabetes prevention program. Dr. Wilson earned his doctorate from Indiana University in 1987 after completing his bachelor’s and master’s’ degrees at Eastern Illinois University, and Indiana State University, respectively.