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Timothy W. Van Wave, DrPH, MPH

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Associate Director for Science

As associate director for science for CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), Timothy W. Van Wave, DrPH, engages in a broad range of science-related activities including clearing documents, providing leadership and guidance on science-related topics (including scientific regulation), leading strategic and research planning for OSTLTS, and training staff on science regulations and topics to ensure OSTLTS produces and uses the highest quality, most current, and relevant science possible.

Previously, Dr. Van Wave served as acting branch chief for the Research and Outcomes Branch within OSTLTS and the associate director for science in CDC's Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice.

Before coming to CDC, he was an associate professor with the University of Minnesota's School Of Medicine, Duluth, where he served for five years as research director for the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research, research director for the Minnesota Rural Health School, and the course director for the medical school's Epidemiology and Biometrics program.

Dr. Van Wave's experience in public health also includes 10 years as a public health administrator with the Delaware State Health Department, 13 years of experience in local public health agencies in Minnesota and Tennessee, and as the public health officer (LTC) for the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard.

Dr. Van Wave received his bachelor of science, cum laude, at the College of St. Scholastica and his master of public health from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. He received his doctor of public health from the University of Texas’ School of Public Health and completed a National Cancer Institute post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Texas’ School of Public Health.

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