The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, directed by Dr. Rebecca Katz, was formally established in September 2016. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team develops evidence for action, providing decision makers with the tools they need for sustainable capacity building to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies. The team incorporates expertise in epidemiology, microbiology, virology, animal and human health systems, demography, economics, finance, statistics, and law.

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Members of the Center have endorsed the Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance. This Statement is a vital call-out to stakeholders to do all they can to support parents in making the best decision to protect the health of their children and communities everywhere. If you agree with the Statement, you can contact the Salzburg Global Seminar to add your endorsement, providing your full name and affiliation.


The Center contributed to efforts led by the U.S. CDC to publish a supplement in BMC Public Health on the achievements of CDC's Global Disease Detection program. Abbey Woolverton, Rebecca Katz, and Claire Standley all contributed to published articles. Read them here:

Ten years of global disease detection and counting: program accomplishments and lessons learned in building global health security

Regional approaches for enhancing global health security


In the wake of the outbreak, Guinea was targeted for substantial support and capacity building from the United States and other nations, particularly with respect to facilitating the recovery and renewal of the health system, and incorporating a One Health approach. Claire Standley, Erin Sorrell, Rebecca Katz, and colleagues recently published an article in One Health discussing an effective methodology for mapping systems and structures for zoonotic diseases, and the benefit of conducting a baseline review of systemic capabilities prior to embarking on capacity building efforts.

Read the full article here: Assessing health systems in Guinea for prevention and control of priority zoonotic diseases: A One Health approach


Julie Fischer contributed to a report published in Emerging Infectious Diseases on a strategic multilateral dialogue on biosecurity. The dialogue was established in 2014 – that now includes participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the United States – was initiated to engage high-level current and former government officials and nongovernmental experts and stakeholders in candid discussions about the priorities, challenges, and developments related to biosecurity risks in Southeast Asia.

Read the full report: Southeast Asia Strategic Multilateral Dialogue on Biosecurity


Rebecca Katz and Matt Boyce will serve as editors for a volume on pandemic preparedness in urban environments. This volume will present a series of innovative models that cities are using to implement policies and address the threats posed by infectious diseases. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Matt Boyce or see the request for proposals for more information.



Erin Sorrell and Ellen Carlin are guest editors for a Special Issue on Zoonoses and One Health in the Journal of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. This Special Issue will focus on advancements in zoonotic disease detection, transmission, epidemiology and host-pathogen interactions to emphasize research and capacity building among veterinary and public health scientists. In addition, this issue will also highlight One Health research, discussing the successes and challenges of working towards a One Health approach for infectious disease detection, prevention and response.

Please review the call for papers and submit by the 1 August 2019 deadline.

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