Michael C. Lu MD, MS, MPH

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Michael C. Lu, the current Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has a deep-rooted passion for health equity and social justice. He has dedicated his research to the development, testing and translation of a new theory on the origins of maternal and child health disparities.

Michael C. Lu MD, MS, MPH ’92, a graduate of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, has decades of expertise as a professor of public health as well as obstetrics and gynecology, a proven track record of academic and national executive leadership, and a deep-rooted passion for health equity and social justice. Dr. Lu was formerly the senior associate dean for academic, student and faculty affairs at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, where he led efforts to expand the undergraduate program, overhaul the MPH curriculum, strengthen doctoral training, institute a Master Teachers Academy, and improve the student experience.

Prior to joining George Washington University, Dr. Lu was the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2012 to 2017. He led a federal bureau with an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion, and serves more than 57 million women, children and families in the U.S. During his tenure, Dr. Lu transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health, launched major initiatives to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality in the U.S. and was awarded the Herbert H Humphrey Award for Service to America.

Dr. Lu joined the federal government from UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he was professor of obstetrics, gynecology and public health. While at UCLA, Dr. Lu brought in more than $50 million in research and training grants. He was best known for his research on racial-ethnic disparities in birth outcomes from a life course perspective. Dr. Lu co-directed the residency training program and medical student clerkship in ob-gyn, and training grants and a transdisciplinary center in public health, and received numerous awards for his teaching. He served on three National Academy of Medicine committees and chaired the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. As an obstetrician, Dr. Lu has attended over a thousand births and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005.

  • Residency Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology – UC Irvine, 1994-1998
  • MD – UC San Francisco, 1989-1994
  • MS – UC Berkeley – Health and Medical Sciences, 1989-1992
  • MPH – UC Berkeley – Epidemiology, 1989-1992
  • BA – Stanford University, Political Science and Human Biology, 1988
  • Improving maternal and child health
  • The development, testing, and translation of a new theory on the origins of maternal and child health disparities