Michael C. ​Lu, MD, MS, MPH

Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Dr. Lu is the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Lu served as director of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau under the Obama Administration. During his tenure, he transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health, and launched major initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality across the nation, and was awarded the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award.
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Biography

Dr. Michael C. Lu is the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Lu served as director of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau under the Obama Administration. During his tenure, he transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health, and launched major initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality across the nation. For his leadership, he was awarded the prestigious U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award in 2013.

Prior to his public service, Lu was a professor of obstetrics-gynecology and public health at UCLA, where his research focused on racial-ethnic disparities in birth outcomes from a life-course perspective. He co-directed the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology and a training grant in maternal and child health, and received several prestigious awards for his teaching. As a practicing obstetrician for nearly two decades, he has attended more than 1000 births, and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005. Lu has served on three National Academy of Medicine Committees, and co-authored the recently released report  Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity.

Lu received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and human biology from Stanford University, master’s degrees in health and medical sciences and public health from UC Berkeley, medical degree from UC San Francisco, and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from UC Irvine.

Research Interests

  • Improving maternal and child health
  • The development, testing, and translation of a new theory on the origins of maternal and child health disparities

Education

  • Residency Training – Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of California, Irvine, 1994–1998
  • MD – University of California, San Francisco, 1989–1994
  • MS – Health and Medical Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley, 1989–1992
  • MPH – Epidemiology
    University of California, Berkeley, 1989–1992
  • BA – Political Science and Human Biology
    Stanford University, 1988

Publications

Articles Featuring Michael Lu:

October 5, 2023
August 22, 2023
July 11, 2023
April 25, 2023
April 17, 2023
April 5, 2023
March 30, 2023
February 13, 2023
June 29, 2022
May 19, 2022
March 31, 2022
March 29, 2022
February 3, 2022
November 18, 2021
March 30, 2021
March 23, 2021
February 10, 2021
January 19, 2021
September 3, 2020
November 16, 2019
November 13, 2019
September 25, 2019