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Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP)

Who We Are

We improve global well-being by building public health capacity to prevent disease, disability and death from communicable and noncommunicable diseases.


The Division of Global Health Protection works with ministries of health and other partners to protect the health of populations in the US and around the world. Within CDC, we collaborate between branches and programs within the division and throughout the agency to reach our goals. Here is how we’re organized:

Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) improves the health of people affected by complex humanitarian emergencies, including natural disasters and conflicts.

Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Branch builds workforce capacity by training field epidemiologists around the world in a program modeled after EIS.

Global Disease Detection (GDD) Branch builds capacity to detect, identify and contain emerging infectious diseases and provides early warning for international outbreaks via the GDD Operations Center.

Global Health Security (GHS) Branch implements the Global Health Security Agenda and operates the Global Public Health Informatics Program (GPHIP) to help countries more effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) provides practical steps for implementing comprehensive public health disease surveillance and response systems.

National Public Health Institute (NPHI) program assists countries in establishing national public health institutes, like CDC, to organize and coordinate public health expertise and systems.

Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Unit works to reduce the effects of noncommunicable diseases, which are responsible for more than 75% of deaths worldwide.

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