Deborah Levy, PhD, MPH

Chair & Professor

Department of Epidemiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Dr. Levy is a retired Captain with the U.S. Public Health Service stationed at CDC for the past 20 years. Most recently leading the Healthcare Preparedness Activity, a program she developed beginning in 2003 while in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Deborah has focused on all-hazards preparedness and emergency response of the healthcare system. Her primary interest has been on working with communities to assist them with integrating planning of the public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and emergency management sectors to improve responses to public health emergencies. Deborah’s career at CDC began in 1996 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Parasitic Diseases where she studied foodborne diseases such as Cyclosporiasis and oversaw the National Waterborne Diseases Outbreak Surveillance System. Among other roles, Deborah served as Acting Director of the Division of Strategic National Stockpile. Throughout her time at CDC, Deborah responded to many incidents including SARS, Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, MERS, Ebola, and Zika. Prior to CDC, Deborah was involved in NIH studies in neuro and cancer epidemiology, and HIV wasting syndrome. She earned a B.A. in psychology and a master's of public health in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health.