Injury Center Board of Scientific Counselors

At a glance

The Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) is one of CDC’s federal advisory committees. The CDC Injury Center BSC works with partners to study the causes and strategies needed to prevent violence and injuries.


The BSC advises the HHS Secretary, the CDC Director, and the Injury Center Director regarding surveillance, basic epidemiologic research, intervention research, and implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of promising and evidence-based strategies for the prevention of injury and violence. The Board makes recommendations regarding policies, strategies, objectives, projects, and priorities, and reviews progress toward injury and violence prevention.


The Board consists of up to 18 members, including the two co-chairs. The HHS Secretary or his/her designee selects the members who are experts in injury and violence prevention. Members include, but are not limited to, epidemiologists, statisticians, trauma surgeons, rehabilitation medical specialists, behavioral scientists, health economists, program evaluation specialists, political science, law, criminology, and specialists in various aspects of injury management.

The BSC also consists of 16 nonvoting ex officio members from related federal agencies, as well as others the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the functions of the Board.