Director, Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Photo: Paula Yoon, ScD, MPH

Paula Yoon, ScD, MPH


Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Deputy Director Public Health Science and Surveillance

Paula Yoon, ScD, MPH, is director of the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance. In this position, Dr. Yoon provides leadership and oversight of programs that span the continuum of case surveillance, including electronic case reporting (eCR) that enables automated case reporting from electronic health records to public health agencies; the NEDSS Base System, the integrated case surveillance system used by 26 states; and the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System that receives case reports from states for over 120 diseases. The division also operates the National Syndromic Surveillance Program that monitors emergency department visits from 70% of the nation’s hospitals and the CDC Data Hub that acquires healthcare datasets for agency wide use and provides data to the public through CDC WONDER. The division also develops information systems for data collection, exchange, and processing, including Epi Info, POD Assist, and the Message Validation, Processing, and Provisioning System (MVPS).

Previously, Dr. Yoon was the director of the Division of Epidemiology, Analysis, and Library Services; Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. In this position, Dr. Yoon oversaw cross-cutting programs that included measurement of population health and health disparities, access to and analytic support for the use of healthcare data for public health, Epi Info software development for epidemiologic investigations, systematic reviews of community preventive services, and access to scientific literature and reference services.

Dr. Yoon joined CDC in 1994 as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service in the Birth Defects and Pediatric Genetics Branch where she conducted investigations of birth defects and was the principal investigator of the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.

Dr. Yoon also worked in CDC’s Office of Public Health Genomics where she led an initiative to evaluate the use of family medical histories as a public health strategy that included the development of a web-based family history collection tool and a clinical trial to evaluate the tool.

Dr. Yoon also led the Health Services Research and Registries Team in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention from 2007 to 2011.

Before joining CDC, Dr. Yoon worked at the World Health Organization and the U.N. International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Johns Hopkins Institute for International Programs in Baltimore, Maryland. She also was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.

Dr. Yoon received her bachelor’s degree at Boston College and her master’s degree in public health and a doctor of science degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Page last reviewed: January 10, 2022