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Spokesperson Portfolio - Joshua A. Mott, PhD, MA, EMT-P (CAPT, USPHS)

Branch Chief of the Epidemiology Workforce Branch | Chief of the EIS Program

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CAPT Mott, is the Branch Chief of the Epidemiology Workforce Branch, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, and Chief of the EIS Program. He is also a Captain in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service.In today’s world, the next pandemic may be literally only a plane ride away. Public health relies on a well-prepared workforce that can respond to such threats and stop them in their tracks. CAPT Mott serves at the helm of the CDC’s Epidemiology Workforce Branch, which is home to the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). For more than 60 years, the EIS program has been training physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals to be response-ready epidemiologists.

CAPT Mott is an EIS alumni (EIS 1998–2000), with experience in environmental health, injury prevention, biothreat and emergency preparedness and response, and influenza and pandemic preparedness. In addition to spending childhood years in the countries of Nigeria and Kenya, CAPT Mott has worked at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen Denmark, and served as the CDC Influenza Program Director in Nairobi, Kenya. With this background he also understands and practices the notion that safer U.S. borders means establishing strong relationships and surveillance networks overseas. Now, as Chief of the EIS program, CAPT Mott’s vision is to respect the program’s cherished heritage while integrating new training, technologies, and partnerships to keep our nation’s field epidemiologists ready for emerging and future challenges.


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  • Environmental Health
  • Injury Prevention

Current Position

  • Branch Chief of the Epidemiology Workforce Branch, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
  • Chief of the EIS Program


Spokesperson Resources

Past Positions

  • Influenza Program Director, Influenza Division, CDC-Kenya
  • Technical Advisor, WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO/EURO Influenza Program
  • International Epidemiology and Response Team, Influenza Division
  • Lead, Epidemiology and Surveillance Team, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases
  • Field Epidemiology Team Leader, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, National Center for Environmental Health
  • Officer, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, National Center for Environmental Health


  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (PhD, Community Health and Epidemiology)
  • The Ohio State University (BA, MA, Anthropology, Epidemiology, Classics)
  • Licensed EMT-Paramedic, Georgia

Honors and Awards

  • US Department of State Meritorious Honor Award. CDC-Ebola Response Team, 2015.
  • USPHS Exceptional Proficiency Promotion to O-6, 2010.
  • Phillip S. Brachman Award for Excellence in Teaching Epidemiology. For supervision and mentorship to the 2005 EIS class during the CDC response to hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and in pandemic preparedness training
  • J. Virgil Peavey Workforce Development Award. For leadership in the training of CDC staff in the area of avian/pandemic influenza preparedness and response, 2008
  • Medix School Outstanding Paramedic Student Award, 2004
  • Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. For extraordinary teamwork, productivity and scientific excellence to the control of SARS and Monkeypox, 2004
  • Outstanding Service Medal. For leadership and coordination efforts in international bio-threat agent and pandemic influenza preparedness, 2008
  • Commendation Medal. In recognition of contributions to our knowledge of the health effects of air pollution, 2005.
  • Crisis Response Service Award. In recognition of response to gulf coast hurricanes (Katrina, Rita, Wilma) in Louisiana, Texas, Florida and Mississippi, 2006

  • Nyenswah T, Blackley DJ, Freeman T, et al. Community quarantine to interrupt Ebola virus transmission — Mawah Village, Bong County, Liberia, August–October, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(7):179–182.
  • Judd MC, Emukule GO, Njuguna H, et al. The role of HIV in the household introduction and transmission of influenza in an urban slum, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008–2011. J Infect Dis. 2015;212(5):740–744. doi:10.1093/infdis/jiv106.
  • McMorrow ML, Wemakoy EO, Tshilobo JK, et al. Severe acute respiratory illness deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and the role of influenza: a case series from 8 countries. J Infect Dis. 2015;212(6):853–860. doi:10.1093/infdis/jiv100.
  • Njuguna HN, Caselton DL, Arunga GO, et al. A comparison of smartphones to paper-based questionnaires for routine influenza sentinel surveillance, Kenya, 2011–2012. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2014;14:107. doi:10.1186/s12911-014-0107-5.
  • Nyenswah T, Fahnbulleh M, Massaquoi M, et al. Ebola epidemic — Liberia, March–October 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63(46):1082–1086.
  • Logan G, Vora NM, Nyensuah TG, et al. Establishment of a community care center for isolation and management of Ebola patients — Bomi County, Liberia, October 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63(44):1010–1012.
  • Katz MA, Muthoka P, Emukule GO, et al. Results from the first six years of national sentinel surveillance for influenza in Kenya, July 2007–June 2013. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(6):e98615. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098615.
  • Caselton DL, Arunga G, Emukule G, et al. Does the length of specimen storage affect influenza testing results by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction? an analysis of influenza surveillance specimens, 2008 to 2010. Euro Surveill. 2014;19(36).
  • Ndegwa L, Katz MA, McCormick K, et al. Surveillance for respiratory healthcare-associated infections among inpatients in 3 Kenyan hospitals, 2010–2012. Am J Infect Control. 2014;42(9):985–990. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2014.05.022.
  • Otieno NA, Nyawanda BO, Audi A, et al. Demographic, socio-economic and geographic determinants of seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in rural western Kenya, 2011. Vaccine. 2014;32(49):6699–6704. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.10.089.
  • Emukule GO, McMorrow M, Ulloa C, et al. Predicting mortality among hospitalized children with respiratory illness in western Kenya, 2009–2012. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(3):e92968. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092968.
  • Williams S, Fitzner J, Merianos A, et al. The challenges of global case reporting during pandemic A(H1N1) 2009. Bull World Health Organ. 2014;92(1):60–67. doi:10.2471/BLT.12.116723.
  • Chadha MS, Hirve S, Dawood FS, et al. Burden of seasonal and pandemic influenza-associated hospitalization during and after 2009 A(H1N1)pdm09 pandemic in a rural community in India. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(5):e55918. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055918.
  • Fuller JA, Summers A, Katz MA, et al. Estimation of the national disease burden of influenza-associated severe acute respiratory illness in Kenya and Guatemala: a novel methodology. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(2):e56882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056882.
  • Michalove RJ, Katz MA, Tempia S, et al. Influenza surveillance in 15 countries in Africa, 2006–2010. J. Infect Dis. 2012;206(Suppl 1):S14–S21. doi:10.1093/infdis/jis606.
  • Vega T, Lozano JE, Meerhoff T, et al. Influenza surveillance in Europe: establishing epidemic thresholds by the moving epidemic method. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2013;7(4):546–558. doi:10.1111/j.1750-2659.2012.00422.x.
  • Kadjo HA, Ekaza E, Coulibaly D, et al. Sentinel surveillance for influenza and other respiratory viruses in Côte d’Ivoire, 2003–2010. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2013;7(3):296–303. doi:10.1111/j.1750-2659.2012.00389.x
  • Gupta V, Dawood FS, Rai SK, et al. Validity of clinical case definitions for influenza surveillance among hospitalized patients: results from a rural community in North India. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2013;7(3):321–329. doi:10.1111/j.1750-2659.2012.00401.x.
  • Martirosyan L, Paget WJ, Jorgensen P, et al. The community impact of the 2009 influenza pandemic in the WHO European region: a comparison with historical seasonal data from 28 countries. BMC Infect Dis. 2012;12:36. doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-36.
  • Mott JA. Situation update in the European Region: overview of influenza surveillance data week 40/2009 to week 07/2010. EpiNorth J. 2010;11:99–100. Accessed September 23, 2015.
  • Snacken R, Zucs P, Brown C, et al. Influenza surveillance in Europe. Eur J Public Health. 2011;21(5):674–675. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckq185.
  • Nguyen HT, Dharan NJ, Le MT, et al. National influenza surveillance in Vietnam, 2006–2007. Vaccine. 2009;28(2):398–402. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.09.139.
  • Lee TS, Falter K, Meyer P, et al. Risk factors associated with clinic visits during the 1999 forest fires near the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, California, USA. 2009. Int J Environ Health Res. 2009;19(5):315–327. doi:10.1080/09603120802712750.
  • King ME, Mott JA. Public health surveillance for carbon monoxide in the United States: a review of national data, 2008. In: Penny D, ed. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. London, UK: Taylor & Francis Group; 2009:233–2
  • Lindblade KA, Kateh F, Nagbe TK, et al. Decreased Ebola transmission after rapid response to outbreaks in remote areas, Liberia, 2014. Emerg Inf Dis. 2015;21(10). doi:10.3201/eid2110.150912.
  • McMorrow ML, Emukule GO, Njuguna HN, et al. The unrecognized burden of influenza on young Kenyan children, 2008–2012. PLoS One. 2015;10(9):e0138272. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138272.
  • Kateh F, Nagbe T, Kieta A, et al. Rapid response to Ebola outbreaks in remote areas — Liberia, July–November 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(7):188–192.