Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Scott JN  McNabb

Research Professor

Faculty, Global Health

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Prior to joining the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-yr EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Since 1993, most of his professional efforts have focused on serving those in underdeveloped, underserved global settings. Before retirement from CDC in 2010, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC. He is now a Research Professor, Director of the King Abdullah Fellowship Program (, and Principal Investigator of the Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development ( at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Teaching three classes at Rollins, GH 504 Effective Oral Communication; GH 592 Successful Scientific Writing; and GH/Epi 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance, he also directs the Research Skills Development Course ( and the Case Study Design and Development Course ( He teaches Transforming Public Health Surveillance at Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University ( Having mentored > 40 students through their MPH or PhD, plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program, he is jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Promoted to Distinguished Consultant in 2005 and nominated for the 2005 CDC Charles C. Shepard Award, he completed the 2004 Senior Executive Services (SES) candidate development program and is certified by the Office of Personnel Management. Dr. McNabb serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health and in private practice as Managing Partner, Public Health Practice, LLC (

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Contact Information

1513 Clifton Rd., Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) Building

Atlanta , GA 30333

Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) Building

Phone: 404.725.8000

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Areas of Interest

  • Bioinformatics
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Health Economics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Program Management
  • Public Health Leadership


  • Ph.D. 1986, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center
  • M.S. 1979, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center
  • B.S 1972, University of Oklahoma

Courses Taught

  • EPI 515: Transforming P.H. Surveillance
  • GH 504: Effective Oral Communication
  • GH 515: Transforming P.H. Surveillance
  • GH 592: Successful Scientific Writing

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