Carol D’Onofrio

Evaluator of health programs to reduce tobacco and alcohol use among rural youth

Carol N. D’Onofrio DrPH ’73, MPH ’60 is a professor emerita of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She also served as an adjunct research scientist at the Northern California Cancer Center. Throughout her career, she developed and evaluated public health programs for vulnerable populations, including youth, ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, the poor, and those in need of hospice care. Her research focuses on tobacco and alcohol use prevention, breast and cervical cancer screening, and the delivery of health services to cancer patients and the elderly.

“Berkeley moment”

From many great memories, three special ones stand out: (1) serving as a teaching assistant for Professor Ned Rogers and Dr. Henrik Blum in Fall 1960 because this enabled me to attend courses that then were open only to MPH students who already had MD degrees, (2) many festive parties hosted by Professor William Griffiths and his wife Sylvia to build community among health education faculty members, students, and field program supervisors, and (3) the way faces of students lit up when they grasped an important concept that advanced their work.

A change to one U.S. policy that would transform public health

I would change any policy that restricts or limits the prevention of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Theme song while at Berkeley/Movie of my life at SPH

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong