Walter C. Willett M.D.
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating Sunday May 17, 2020
3:25 pm – 4:29 pm EST
Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H., is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard
T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical
School. Dr. Willett studied food science at Michigan State University, and
graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School before obtaining a
Masters and Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public
Health. Dr. Willett has focused much of his work over the last 40 years on the
development and evaluation of methods, using both questionnaire and biochemical
approaches, to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases.
He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses’ Health Studies I
and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, these cohorts
that include nearly 300,000 men and women with repeated dietary assessments,
are providing the most detailed information on the long-term health
consequences of food choices.
Dr. Willett has published over 1,700 original research papers and reviews, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease, cancer, and other conditions and has written the textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press, now in its third edition. He also has written four books for the general public. Dr. Willett is the most cited nutritionist internationally. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research.