Pappaioanou Veterinary Public Health and Applied Epidemiology Fellowship

A partnership between Marguerite Pappaioanou, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.M. and the CDC Foundation has created the Pappaioanou Veterinary Public Health and Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Fund. The fund will support fellowships for competitively selected veterinarians and 3rd and 4th year veterinary medical students with opportunities in an applied hands-on training experience in epidemiology, public health, global health, or one health (bridging human, animal, and environmental health). Each fellow will spend up to one full year at CDC working on a U.S.-focused or global public health project.

At this time, the Fund is supporting a fellowship in the CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship program. More information about that program, including application instructions, can be found by visiting: CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship

For more information, please contact Emily Webb.

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About Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou

Marguerite Pappaioanou

"Veterinarians who pursue public health careers apply their comparative medical educations to keep humans, animals, and the environment we all share, healthy."  

-Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou

Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, a senior epidemiologist and veterinarian, currently serves as CDC’s Liaison to the Food and Drug Administration for Food Safety. She has over 30 years of experience working on domestic and global public issues, including 22 plus years as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Beginning in 1983 at CDC, Dr. Pappaioanou assessed the effectiveness of malaria drugs in African national malaria control programs; led in the design and implementation of the family of HIV seroprevalence surveys; directed a USAID funded global capacity building Data for Decision Making Project to strengthen evidence based policies and programs in Africa, Asia, and South America; actively supported field epidemiology training programs and launched CDC’s support of the Guide to Community Preventive Services—What Works to Promote Health. As associate director for science and policy in CDC’s Office of Global Health, she coordinated many of CDC’s international programs and co-coordinated CDC’s international response to the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks in 2003.

Upon retiring from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service in 2005, she moved to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, as professor of infectious disease epidemiology, with a joint appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. There she led NIH- and CDC- funded research programs focused on surveillance for emerging zoonotic infectious diseases at the human-animal interface. In 2007, she joined the Association of American Veterinary Colleges for four years as executive director. Just prior to rejoining CDC in 2013, she served as senior One Health technical advisor to the USAID funded Emerging Pandemic Threats/RESPOND Project at the global development company, DAI, Inc. in Bethesda, MD.

Throughout her career, Dr. Pappaioanou has studied and applied the interconnectedness of human and animal health to improve global health. Dr. Pappaioanou recognizes that veterinarians are uniquely equipped to work at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health, and she enthusiastically encourages aspiring veterinarians to pursue exciting and rewarding careers in public health—both domestically and globally.

"I am thrilled that through this fund veterinarians will have support to pursue exciting opportunities at CDC to improve human health and well being, and the environment in which we all live."