Thomas - Leadership

Photo: Jason Thomas, MPH, REHS/RS

Jason Thomas, MPH, REHS/RS

Captain, U.S. Public Health Service

Deputy Director, Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance

Jason Thomas, MPH, REHS/RS (CAPT, USPHS), serves as the deputy director of the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance. In this position, CAPT Thomas provides leadership and oversight of the policy, communication, management, and operations activities that support the Public Health Data Modernization Initiative, National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, National Syndromic Surveillance Program, Data Hub, and information systems for CDC’s data collection, exchange, and processing needs.

Previously, he served as the CDC Biosurveillance Coordinator, a function in service to the agency that resided in the Office of the Director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS). He focused on enhancing the synchronization and integration of CDC program information and health-related data to facilitate communication among U.S. Government partners and foster strategic decision making and optimization of resources for early detection, rapid characterization, and effective action to public health threats. His used his expertise in building collaborative relationships across the U.S. Government as well as with state, local, and foreign government partners for this role.

Prior to joining CSELS, CAPT Thomas served as the chief of the Global Health Security Branch in the CDC Center for Global Health. In that role, he coordinated the implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda in dozens of countries in Africa and Asia. He worked closely with the Office of the CDC Director on the justification and planning for the $1.2B in emergency funding for Ebola and global health security.

CAPT Thomas has been a champion of multisectoral and cross-agency collaboration. He has more than 25 years of public health policy and program management experience with a variety of organizations and programs, including field assignments with the National Park Service, the CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, and a staff assignment in the Office of Global Affairs within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

CAPT Thomas served in the U.S. Navy prior to his transfer to the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. His assignments included Naval Hospital Newport, Training Air Wing Four, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Liaison to Naval Sea Systems Command, and Fleet Hospital Ft. Dix (Bronx).

CAPT Thomas received his B.S. in environmental health from Colorado State University, M.P.H. from Columbia University, and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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