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Elizabeth Majestic

Adjunct Faculty
Biography

Associate Director for Program Development
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia USA

For the last 16 years, Ms. Majestic has served in positions of increasing responsibility with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She received her undergraduate and graduate training at West Virginia University and Indiana University, respectively.  She is a Senior Executive Fellow in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University.

During her tenure at HHS, she served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disease Prevention and developed several national health initiatives including Steps to Healthier US that the President of the United States launched in 2002.  Ms. Majestic also served on the US delegation to the World Health Assembly and was a member of the working group for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – the first health treaty undertaken and ratified by the member states of the World Health Organization.

From 2000-2003, Ms Majestic served as the Associate Director of Policy, Evaluation, and Legislation and from 2003 to the present, she served as Associate Director for Program Development in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC. During this time, she also created two new centers at CDC – the National Center for Public Health Informatics and the National Center for Health Marketing.  Prior to joining the office of the director at the chronic disease center, Ms. Majestic was the Deputy Director of the Office on Smoking and Health where she played a leadership position in developing tobacco control policy for the United States. Together with the Director, she oversaw an increase in the budget of the Office on Smoking and Health from $3 million in 1995 to $100 million in 2000.  Ms. Majestic began her career at CDC as a project officer in the Division of Adolescent Health.

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