Associate Director for Communication

John P. Anderton, PhD, MPA

portrait of John Anderton

Dr. Anderton is the Associate Director for Communications Science for CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. The communications office provides communications planning, traditional and social media support, and national preparedness campaigns and messaging.

In prior roles at CDC, Anderton has planned and launched national health campaigns promoting childhood immunization, stomach ulcer treatment, HIV testing, and electronic medical records. He has led communications offices focusing on public health surveillance, epidemiology, informatics, and several infectious disease areas in his over 26 years with the Agency. He is also the host of the popular TEDMED series at CDC. Anderton specializes in health communications strategy, in theories of social influence and persuasion, and in use of innovative communications technologies. Anderton also teaches on communications strategy, techniques and theory as Adjunct Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, in the Rollins School of Public Health, at Emory University.

Earlier in his career, Anderton was a Program Director with the American Diabetes Association and was an administrative assistant and science educator at a planetarium in Wichita, Kansas. Anderton’s PhD is in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia and his Masters Degree is in Public and Urban Administration from Georgia State University.

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