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Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC)

The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) is an advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

About the OPHPR BSC

The BSC is managed by the Office of Science and Public Health Practice and holds both in-person and web-based meetings, in compliance with the regulations set forth by the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The BSC holds its in-person meetings at the CDC in Atlanta at least twice a year.

The BSC is charged with

  • Advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the CDC Director, and the OPHPR Director concerning strategies and goals for preparedness programs and research
  • Conducting peer-review of scientific programs
  • Performing secondary reviews of research grants
  • Monitoring OPHPR’s overall strategic direction and focus


BSC Membership

The BSC charter provides for the following membership

Voting board members and non-voting liaison representatives have expertise in the following topic areas relevant to emergency preparedness and response:business, crisis leadership, emergency response and management, engineering, epidemiology, health policy and management, informatics, laboratory science, medicine, mental and behavioral health, public health law, public health practice, risk communication and social science.

Upcoming Meeting Information

Past Meeting Resources

BSC Reports

OPHPR BSC Buzz Articles


Questions regarding the activities of the OPHPR BSC may be addressed to CDR Christye Brown, Coordinator, OPHPR Board of Scientific Counselors, at