Henry Blackburn
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Henry Blackburn, MD

Professor Emeritus, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


MD, Medicine, Tulane University
MS, Medicine, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Miami


I research cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention and its history. I was Project Officer for the Seven Countries Study from 1957 to 1972 and then became Laboratory Director upon Ancel Keys's retirement. In 1983 I became director of the Division of Epidemiology and merged the programs of Physiological Hygiene and Epidemiology. I also led the Minnesota heart survey and the Minnesota Heart Health Program from 1979-1990. Since retirement in 1996, I created and manage the University of Minnesota website: Heart Attack Prevention. A History of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology.

Awards and Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Alexander Langmuir Lecture in Epidemiology; American Epidemiological Society, 2001
  • Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Tulane University, 1999
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1994
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow), 1994
  • Research Achievement Award, American Heart Association, 1992
  • Pioneer Award, Minnesota Department of Health, 1992
  • Mayo Professor of Public Health, 1990-present (Emeritus)