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Brian  Lee

Adjunct Instructor


Adjunct or Visiting, Executive MPH

APHI 552D Introduction to Public Health Data Manipulation Through Programming

I currently serve as the Senior Advisor for Informatics to CDC's Office of the Chief Information Officer where I work with data to make better technology investments to improve public health impact.

I joined CDC in 2012 as the Deputy Director of the Informatics Innovation Unit, where I helped design and coordinate a research portfolio, working with public health partners across CDC. In 2014, I joined the Office of Public Health Scientific Services as its Chief Public Health Informatics Officer. Before joining CDC, I worked as a consultant on multiple projects around the agency. I like building things so two of my favorites were serving as the lead architect for the Public Health Grid (phGrid) project that developed prototype software for distributed data analytics, novel visualization, and complex information security; and serving as the enterprise architect for the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network that fused public health and environmental health data and information from multiple grantees and sources together to improve analytics and visualization capability.

I have over 25 years' experience in creating products out of digital technology in roles with titles like Programmer, Chief Technology Officer, Principal Architect, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, and Management Consultant within both startup and established organizations where I created very large database (VLDB) software; operational risk algorithms; and complex, high-transaction (2k/second) software systems.

I'm a passionate advocate for agile, collaborative, and transparent informatics practices because I believe they connect people and data to make it easier to integrate informatics with public health programs. I work with partners to carefully identify and design potential innovations; evaluate their impact for public health; and, if useful, connect and align to public health policy priorities.

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Contact Information

Alpharetta , GA


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Areas of Interest

  • Data Mining
  • Data Science
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Evaluation
  • Interoperability
  • Public Health Informatics


  • BBA 2006, Georgia State
  • MPH 2014, Emory

Courses Taught

  • APHI 552D: Intro to PH Data Manipulation

Affiliations & Activities

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) - Volunteer public health practicioner reviewer

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Senior Member