California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios

Muntu Davis, MD, MPH


County Health Officer,
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA



Dr. Muntu Davis is currently the County Health Officer at the Los County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). In this role, Dr. Davis serves as the Department’s medical expert regarding public health matters and provides guidance to leadership across the Department. Working in partnership with DPH colleagues and health professional organizations, he consults on, interprets, and enforces County and State laws and regulations to protect and promote the health and wellness of all residents of Los Angeles County. Previously, Dr. Davis worked at the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) in Oakland, California, where he served both as Director since 2012 and as Health Officer since 2009. As the Director, he provided strategic and administrative leadership, direction and oversight to planning for a full range of public health activities for over 1.6 million county residents. In his role as County Health Officer, he led public health protection efforts, health policy development and served as an advisor to elected and appointed officials, members of the medical profession, and the public on matters affecting public health and safety. For the past decade, he has contributed to statewide and national discussions around how to elevate and implement a health equity framework within government agencies. Dr. Davis practiced medicine in urban and rural primary care and urgent care clinics in Northern and Southern California. Dr. Davis has a MD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed The California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy Fellowship and received a MPH degree from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.