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Scott JN  McNabb


Research Professor

Faculty, Global Health

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Before joining the U.S. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Most of his professional efforts have focused on serving those in underdeveloped, underserved global settings. Promoted to Distinguished Consultant and nominated for the CDC Charles C. Shepard Award, he completed the Senior Executive Services (SES) candidate development program and is certified by the Office of Personnel Management. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC. Before retirement from CDC, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.

Now Research Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, he directed the King Abdullah Fellowship Program ( and was PI of the exciting, new Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development ( Jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology at Emory, he holds an Adjunct appointment as Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and at the University of Georgia, School of Public Health.

Teaching three classes at Emory: GH 504 Effective Oral Communication; GH 592 Successful Scientific Writing; and GH/EPI 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance, he directs the Research Skills Development Course ( and the Case Study Design and Development Course ( He teaches Transforming Public Health Surveillance ( at the University of Georgia School of Public Health online MPH program and Scientific Communication for Leaders ( at Columbia University EpiSummer@Columbia (

He has mentored 97 students through their MPH or PhD, plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program and serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health and in private practice at Public Health Practice, LLC (

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Areas of Interest

  • Bioinformatics
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Health Economics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Program Management
  • Public Health Leadership


  • Ph.D. 1986, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center
  • M.S. 1979, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center
  • B.S 1972, University of Oklahoma

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