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Dr. Gathany

Nancy Gathany, PhD

Library Science Branch Chief (Acting)

Division of Public Health Information Dissemination 

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Dr. Gathany began her CDC career in 1987 in the Division of Training Services of the Training and Laboratory Program Office where she applied her expertise in instructional technology to create engaging training for public health and healthcare professionals such as interactive case studies and applied epidemiology curriculum.  In 2006 she became the Chief of the Educational Design and Accreditation Branch of the Office of Workforce and Career Development, a new branch providing cross-cutting training services to CDC programs.  Some of the programs she successfully implemented include the CDC Learning Connection, CDC TRAIN, Quick-Learn lessons, and the E-learning Institute.

She contributed to CDC’s response to the West African Ebola Epidemic by serving as the Curriculum Co-Director for the CDC Safety Training for Healthcare Workers Going to West Africa and facilitated the launch of the Ebola Training Toolkit – an awarding winning online version of the course materials to share with partners.

In 2015, Dr. Gathany completed a detail to OPHPR where she served as the Education and Training Advisor for IMTDP, an agency-wide initiative aimed at strengthening CDC’s response capability through training of response leaders.  She provided guidance and technical assistance with program design and evaluation through activities such as an analysis of response practices and curriculum design.

Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Education in instructional technology from the University of Georgia. She earned her doctorate at Capella University in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

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