Who We Are

Welcome to the new web home for the Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance, previously the Office of Public Health Scientific Service.

Under a new CDC structure intended to enhance effective collaboration and scientific improvement, Deputy Director Dr. Chesley Richards is focused on broadening our scope and continuing our commitment to outstanding science and surveillance at CDC.

New Organization, Extended Mission

The mission of the Deputy Director of Public Health Science and Surveillance and staff is to lead, promote, and facilitate science, surveillance, standards and policies to reduce the burden of diseases in the United States and globally. Within CDC, the Deputy Director provides strategic leadership to the National Center for Health Statistics, the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, the Office of Science, and the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety.

The role of the Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance is to:

Inform, advise, and represent the CDC Director

  • Serve as the principal advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director on public health science and surveillance
  • Advise the CDC Director in formulating and communicating scientific and surveillance strategic initiatives and policies
  • Inform and represent the CDC Director on key scientific and surveillance issues

Set and promote agency-wide scientific priorities

  • Provide overall strategic leadership and direction for science, laboratory science and safety, statistics, surveillance, informatics, and epidemiology
  • Identify, facilitate, and promote cross-center and cross-agency collaboration, innovation, and new initiatives related to science, laboratory science and safety, statistics, surveillance, informatics, and epidemiology
  • Ensure that agency-wide decisions on resource allocation are aligned with science priorities

Develop and coordinate strategies for public health surveillance, science, and data

  • Identify science and surveillance issues of public health importance and launch strategic initiatives to address them, including developing shared goals and monitoring progress and communicate accomplishments
  • Coordinate with CDC leaders and public health partners to develop and implement goals and objectives

Public Health Science and Surveillance: Centers and Offices

The four CDC centers and offices that work directly with the Deputy Director also provide public health leadership and develop strategies and programs in service to their mission and mandate. As a community, we are working to strengthen CDC’s science foundation by deepening and connecting our breadth of expertise across the agency and beyond.

We invite you to learn more about this work by exploring these centers and offices.

Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS)
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Page last reviewed: February 15, 2019
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