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Rachel Kaufmann, MPH, PhD

Associate Director for Science

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Rachel Kaufmann is the Associate Director for Science for the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.

Dr. Kaufmann’s public health background includes experiences both inside and outside of CDC. Her prior experience at CDC includes two years in the Epidemic Intelligence Service as a fellow with the Division of Reproductive Health; ten years as an epidemiologist with the National Center for Environmental Health including a 4.5-year assignment to the World Bank; five years as Deputy Associate Director for Science (ADS) in the Office on Smoking and Health; and two years as ADS for the former Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office.

Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Kaufmann worked in public health and clinical epidemiology research at the Rhode Island Department of Health, Michigan Cancer Foundation, University of Michigan, and Brown University. Her career has included work in tobacco epidemiology and control; lead and arsenic poisoning; water and air pollution; cancer screening; atherosclerosis screening; unintended pregnancy; health disparities; and global health. Dr. Kaufmann serves CDC on Institutional Review Board C, as a member of the Preventing Chronic Disease editorial board, and as a contributing editor to the Surgeon General’s reports on tobacco.

Dr. Kaufmann is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology. She earned a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan School Of Public Health.