Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office
Denise Koo, MD, MPH
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
CAPT Denise Koo is the Director of CDC's Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (SEPDPO). This Program Office houses several key CDC training and workforce development programs with a total of over 300 trainees each year, including the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship, Public Health Informatics Fellowship, Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship, electives and fellowships for medical and veterinary students, and the CDC lead for the Presidential Management Fellows Program. The Office oversees programs for people in all stages of learning (primary school–college), including health professionals considering public health careers. It conducts workforce research and training, and collaborates with academia, state and local health agencies, and professional organizations to address public health training and educational needs. SEPDPO also offers continuing education for the health workforce, as well as the award-winning CDC Learning Connection.
Dr. Koo graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Biochemical Sciences. After combining medical school at the University of California, San Francisco with an MPH in epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley, she completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Her previous positions at CDC include serving as Chief of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System and Director of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Informatics. Dr. Koo holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Global Health and of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Consulting Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center.