bud nicolaRay M. (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA

Affiliate Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, Washington

Dr. Bud Nicola is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, and at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Prior to that, Dr. Nicola served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), retiring in August 2012 after 21 years of service. His most recent positions at CDC included serving as a Field Assignee to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, Washington. He is a member of the King County Board of Health.

Prior to joining CDC in 1991, Dr. Nicola directed the Seattle‑King County Health Department in Seattle, Washington, the Tacoma‑Pierce County Health Department in Tacoma, Washington, and worked in several local health departments in Colorado. For six years Dr. Nicola was the Director of the Division of Public Health Systems at CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office in Atlanta, Georgia. He was assigned to Seattle to support the Turning Point Initiative, an effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve public health in 21 states and 43 communities.

Dr. Nicola chairs PHAB’s Accreditation Improvement Committee, the King County Board of Health’s Tobacco Committee, and is a past chair of the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association. In his faculty role, he has directed the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program and the Summer Institute for Public Health Practice. He currently directs the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute and teaches public health management and population health in the Department of Health Services.

Dr. Nicola’s current focus is on performance management and quality improvement in public health, improving the effectiveness of small groups, systems thinking applied to public health issues, and improving the public health system in the United States.