Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)
Chief, Epidemiology Workforce Branch, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, CDC Chief, Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC
CAPT Pevzner is Chief of the Epidemiology Workforce Branch in the 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. The nation relies on a well-prepared public health workforce that can respond to such threats and stop them in their tracks. CAPT Pevzner serves at the helm of the CDC’s Epidemiology Workforce Branch, which is home to the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), the Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS), the Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP), and the Science Ambassadors Program.
For more than 60 years, the EIS program has been training physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals to be response-ready epidemiologists. Established in 2015, the LLS fellowship program prepares early-career laboratory scientists to become future public health laboratory leaders. The CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship is a dynamic, educational program offered by CDC for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into middle- and high- school classrooms. The Epidemiology Elective Program introduces senior medical and veterinary students to preventive medicine, public health, and applied epidemiology through hands-on experience and mentorship by CDC epidemiologists.
CAPT Pevzner began working with CDC in 1996. He contributed to the establishment of the Youth Tobacco Surveillance System (YTSS), which was developed in 1998 to provide national and state level data to support youth tobacco prevention and control activities. He also participated in CDC’s emergency responses to Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus in Mexico in 2009 and Ebola in West Africa in 2015. From 2005 to 2017, CAPT Pevzner worked with Ministries of Health, WHO, and other international partners to conduct research and provide technical assistance to implement and evaluate policies and interventions in Africa and Asia to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of TB, HIV, and TB/HIV as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
CAPT Pevzner is a devoted advocate for workforce development and has focused on sharing his experience by supervising and mentoring many EIS officers, fellows, interns, and graduate students.