Editor-in-Chief, Public Health Reports (PHR) ; Associate Director for PHR,
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Dr. Hazel Dean

Hazel D. Dean, ScD, DrPH (Hon), FACE

Editor-in-Chief, Associate Director for PHR

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Deputy Director Public Health Science and Surveillance

Dr. Hazel D. Dean is the Editor-in-Chief, PHR, Associate Director for PHR in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Dean also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of PHR, the official, scientific journal of the US Public Health Service and the Office of the Surgeon General. Before this position, she was the deputy director of CDC’s lead federal center for preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis and for supporting HIV and STD prevention efforts in the nation’s schools. In that position, she led agency wide initiatives on public health, policy development and translation, health equity, public health leadership development, and employee recognition.

Dr. Dean is internationally recognized for her work in health disparities and health equity research and policy and has worked in public health at the local, state, federal, and international levels and at nonprofit organizations. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, policy reports, and other publications about infectious and chronic diseases, public health surveillance, applied epidemiologic methods, social and structural determinants of health, and public health workforce development. She frequently serves on national and international advisory groups and committees addressing infectious and chronic diseases among underserved populations and public health workforce diversity.

Among Dr. Dean’s numerous honors are the Presidential Rank Honor Award for Distinguished Service (2012) and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Distinguished Service Award (2013), two of the nation’s highest civilian awards. In 2014, she received an honorary doctorate in public health from Spelman College for her distinguished international leadership in addressing health disparities. She also was elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology that year for her substantial and sustained contributions to that field of research. Dr. Dean earned her BS in biology (Spelman College), her MPH in international health and biostatistics, and her ScD in biostatistics (both, Tulane University).

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