Dan has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for seventeen years, first as a Public Health Advisor in sexually-transmitted disease, immunizations, and health informatics, and then as an epidemiologist in global health. He also has thirteen years’ private-sector experience in information technology.
Dan served as a field epidemiologist in Sierra Leone during the West African Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016, and has also responded to outbreaks of yellow fever in Angola and dengue in Honduras. Dan is presently an epidemiologist in the Global Epidemiology, Laboratory and Surveillance Branch, Division of Global Health Protection in CDC’s Center for Global Health.
After two years serving in a mission hospital in Tanzania, Dan completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Goshen College (Indiana) and his MSPH from Loma Linda University, with a concentration in International Health and Community Development. As his master’s culminating activity, Dan performed end-of-term evaluations of two USAID-funded programs on behalf of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA): a child survival program in Malawi and a maternal/child health program in Kenya.
Dan’s areas of interest include global health security and the effects of religious and cultural beliefs on health behavior. He hopes his DrPH will aid him in influencing the health security strategies of CDC and the broader health community, to better address infectious disease threats around the world.