2013-2014: Harold (Bill) Kohl

Harold (Bill) Kohl is named the 2013-2014 Pease Family Scholar by the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. Kohl is a leading kinesiologist and epidemiologist who has worked for more than 30 years in the area of health and wellness, including conducting research, evaluating policies, and developing and evaluating programs for adults and children.


Kohl earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at the University of San Diego, master of public health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of South Carolina, and doctoral degree in community health studies from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.

In 2006, as lead epidemiologist in the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Kohl was requested to help develop the nation’s first physical activity guidelines. These guidelines were published in 2008.

Kohl currently serves as a professor of epidemiology and kinesiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is also the founding president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health and co-editor of the “Journal of Physical Activity and Health.” Additionally, he chairs the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board.


As the 2013-2014 Pease Family Scholar, Kohl presented “The Global Pandemic of Physical Inactivity: An Urgent Priority for Public Health” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His talk was free and open to the public.