Editor-In-Chief, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Charlotte Kent, PhD, MPH
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Deputy Director Public Health Science and Surveillance
Charlotte K. Kent, PhD, MPH is the Editor-in-Chief, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series, where she has applied her skills and experience in leadership roles for the “voice of CDC” since 2014. She has 30 years of experience directing the development, implementation, and evaluation of surveillance, epidemiologic, and health services research, and in managing public health programs at the local and federal level, including internationally. Her broad-based public health experience includes both infectious disease and chronic disease prevention and control.
During 2011‒2014, Dr. Kent served as Chief, Research, Surveillance, and Evaluation Branch, Division of Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease and Prevention and Health Promotion where she supervised the design of complex evaluation studies and managed contracts and cooperative agreements valued between $35‒$42 million each year. She joined CDC during 2007, as the Chief, Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention where she focused on increasing research relevance and mentoring of students from under-represented populations. Dr. Kent’s previous experience includes serving as Chief, Epidemiology Unit, STD Prevention and Control Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health for 15 years. During 1990-1991, she was the Director of the AIDS Epidemiology Unit for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in Bern, Switzerland.
Dr. Kent received her PhD in Epidemiology and her MPH in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California Berkeley, and her BA in Anthropology from Amherst College. She has authored more than 115 published papers. The average citation per published paper is 59.0, with a high impact as measured by an h-index of 41. She and her teams have received numerous awards at CDC, including the CDC Director’s Award for Public Health Impact; the CDC & ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Quantitative Sciences; the Kaafee Billah Memorial Award, Honoring Excellence in Economic Research; and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award.