At a glance

The National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention (NCHHSTP) is committed to a future free of HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. We work to reduce incidence of infection, morbidity and mortality, and health disparities in the U.S. and abroad.

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What we do

NCHHSTP confronts the root causes of the nation's most prevalent infectious diseases by improving care and treatment access for the nation's most marginalized persons. NCHHSTP employees, public health interns, fellows, and researchers-in-training collaborate directly with the public and private sectors—engaging community, state, national, and global leaders to conduct public health activities that serve the public and groups at higher risk of negative outcomes.

NCHHSTP's Disease Prevention Areas:

NCHHSTP's Activities Include:

  • Public health surveillance and disease prevention research.
  • Funding grassroots disease prevention programs.
  • Developing and promoting harm-reduction strategies.
  • Developing data and educational materials to support clinicians.
  • Developing communication materials to support disease prevention among highly affected groups.

The Center employs +1,700 full-time public health professionals working in various areas of public health, scientific research, public policy development, data collection, and health communication.


People, Place, Policy, and Science Matter

Illustration of icons and words indicating the relationship among People, Place, Policy, and Science.
NCHHSTP's syndemic approach to public health.

Everyone has the right to be healthy regardless of income, race, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Syndemics occur when one or more public health issues intersect in populations.

Syndemic approaches improve public health by applying strategies that:

  • Address the root causes of health disparities,
  • Put people first,
  • Incorporate equity,
  • Allocate resources where epidemics are,
  • Leverage policy as a public health tool, and
  • Prioritize scientific innovation.

NCHHSTP adopts a "People, Place, Policy, and Science Matter" approach to its public health work that recognizes these syndemic interactions and appreciates the positive opportunities of a more holistic strategy:

  • People Matter – Disease incidence and morbidity vary by race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, and socioeconomics. Disparities naturally form in an unjust society but are preventable with science-based, proactive approaches that reach the people who would benefit the most.
  • Place Matters – Health and disease vary geographically, as do the venues and opportunities to reach people with effective, holistic health interventions. By focusing resources where they are needed most, and bringing interventions to where people are, we will do better public health.
  • Policy Matters – Good policy and laws can improve public health, often with a long-lasting effect. They also can address the social and economic determinants that influence health and frequently improve health beyond single diseases.
  • Science Matters – New diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention modalities have revolutionized public health. They can make accessing and using interventions easier and turn fatal diseases to manageable ones. Moving science from the bench to the field and ensuring the most impactful research is supported and equitably delivered can prevent infections and improve equity.

How we do it

NCHHSTP’s Office of the Director

The Office of the Director provides strategic planning and oversight for the Center’s public health goals. It works to foster a collaborative culture that supports innovation and informed decision-making. It is composed of seven offices that work to achieve the Center’s mission and support its four Divisions.

  • Policy, Planning, and Partnerships - serves as the principal advisor for NCHHSTP on legislation, policy and planning guidance.
  • Health Communication Science Office - manages a variety of internal and external communications, partnerships, health marketing, web development, social media, and media relations.
  • Informatics Office - supports NCHHSTP projects and initiatives by managing public health data, software, and a number of information technology systems across a variety of platforms.
  • Program and Performance Improvement Office - works across the Center to measure and improve the efficiency/impact of its programs, policies, and activities.
  • Office of the Associate Director for Science - oversees scientific research, ethics guidance, and training, and supports the publication of staff-authored scientific papers.
  • Laboratory Science - facilitates laboratory research within NCHHSTP and is the primary point of contact within the OD for laboratory science issues.
  • Office of Health Equity - promotes public health equity and people-first approaches to infectious disease control through various programs, partnerships, and funding opportunities.

NCHHSTP Leadership

A portrait of Dr. Jonathan Mermin.
NCHHSTP Director Jonathan "Jono" Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS, RET).

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS, RET), is the Director of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). He leads the nation's efforts to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.


  • NCHHSTP Careers - NCHHSTP offers a wide of careers, student learning opportunities, and graduate fellowships in public health, medical epidemiology, research, data science, infectious disease prevention, information technology, business and public policy, data management, and communications. Learn more.
  • NCHHSTP Equity Initiative - The initiative identifies and implements strategies to embed equity into the fabric of NCHHSTP’s workplace operations and public health programs.
  • NCHHSTP on Social Media - Following NCHHSTP's social media handles is the best way to stay current on the latest news and information about HIV, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis and prevention efforts in the United States.
  • National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) - NPIN is an information and resource platform connecting public health partners through collaborative communication and innovative technology solutions for HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and tuberculosis.
  • NCHHSTP AtlasPlus - A tool to assist public health professionals, policymakers, community-based organizations, and researchers, track progress toward eliminating HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and tuberculosis.