Nancy Gathany, MEd, PhD
Acting Chief – Educational Design, Continuing Education, and Learning Services Branch (EDCELSB)
Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Office of Public Health Scientific Services
Dr. Gathany is the Acting Chief of the Educational Design, Continuing Education, and Learning Services Branch (EDCELSB) in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development. Dr. Gathany oversees services that support design, accreditation, and delivery of learning products produced by CDC programs and partners. These products range from fellowship program curricula to innovative technology-based training, such as e-learning and mobile learning.
Since beginning her CDC career in 1987 as Health Education Specialist in the Division of Training Services, Dr. Gathany has applied the science of learning and technology to design and develop quality training and continuing education for the public health and health care workforce. Her focus on computer-based training has broadened to include maximizing CDC's use of the web as an instructional tool to meet public health training needs. She continues to spearhead innovations such as Quick-Learns, short lessons accessed by mobile devices that can be completed in 20 minutes or less.
Previously, Dr. Gathany designed and developed training and informational products using principles and techniques of performance problem analysis and instructional system design, such as the second edition of Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, a print-based self-study course and curriculum for initial offering of the Epi in Action instructor-led training. Recently, she facilitated publication of E-learning Essentials, a guide to the six essential components of quality e-learning and effective engagement of learners.
In 2006, Dr. Gathany became Chief, Educational Design and Accreditation Branch (EDAB), Office of Workforce and Career Development (reorganized as the Scientific and Professional Development Program Office). Under her leadership, EDAB received the 2012 CDC/ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Human Capital Management: James Virgil Peavy Award for its role in maximizing e-learning technology and improving delivery and quality of training through the CDC Learning Connection—a web resource providing access to free, high-quality training for the public health community.
Dr. Gathany received her MEd in instructional technology from the University of Georgia College of Education and her PhD in education, with distinction, from Capella University. For her doctoral dissertation, she used a multiple case study design to conduct a qualitative investigation of instructional strategy selection for accessible e-learning.