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Travis  Sanchez


Research Professor

Faculty, Epidemiology

Dr. Sanchez received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1994. After a veterinary internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Sanchez practiced as an emergency veterinarian in the Metro Atlanta area until he returned to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Sanchez began his public health career working for the Georgia Division of Public Health in the notifiable diseases epidemiology section and coordinated the state’s district epidemiologist program. He came to CDC in 2001 and worked for the Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and later for the newly created Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB) as a project officer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. In 2005, he became BCSB’s Associate Chief for Science and served for extended periods as an Acting Team Leader and the Acting Branch Chief for BCSB. Dr. Sanchez participated in CDC’s IETA program in Vietnam in 2005 and worked closely with CDC’s Associate Director for Science in 2007 during a training detail. From 2008-2009 he was the Chief of the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch of the CDC-South Africa Office. From 2009-2011, Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and was promoted to research professor in 2020. Dr. Sanchez' current areas of work are on sexual and gender minority health with particular focus on leveraging new technologies for sexual health epidemiology and intervention research. He has also more recently focused research activities on understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on sexual minority populations and on HIV/STI prevention access. 

Contact Information

1581 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-8403



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Areas of Interest

  • Disease Surveillance
  • Evaluation
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Infectious Disease
  • Public Health Practice
  • Sexual Health/Behavior


  • DVM 1994, University of Georgia
  • MPH 2000, Emory University

Courses Taught

  • EPI 546: HIV Epidemiology
  • EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods I
  • EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods I
  • EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods I
  • EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods I
  • EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods I
  • EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods I
  • EPI 798R: Pre-candidacy Research

Affiliations & Activities

Editor-in-Chief of JMIR Public Health and Surveillance


  • , , Characterizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Men Who Have Sex with Men Across the United States, AIDS Behav, ,
  • , , The Three Steps Needed to End the COVID-19 Pandemic: Bold Public Health Leadership, Rapid Innovations, and Courageous Political Will. JMIR Public Health Surveill. , JMIR Public Health Surveill, 6,
  • , , Birth Cohort and Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Age of First Oral and Anal Sex Among US Men Who Have Sex with Men. , Arch Sex Behav, ,
  • , , National Trends in Sexual Behavior, Substance Use and HIV Testing Among United States Men Who have Sex with Men Recruited Online, 2013 Through 2017., AIDS Behav, 22, 2413-25
  • , , Lack of Awareness of HIV Infection: Problems and Solutions with Self-reported HIV Serostatus of Men Who Have Sex with Men., Open Forum for Infectious Diseases , ,
  • , , Developing a Web-based HIV Behavioral Surveillance Pilot Project among Men Who Have Sex with Men, Open AIDS Journal, 6, 224-31
  • , , Risk Behaviors and Psychosocial Stressors in the New York City House Ball Community: A Comparison of Men and Transgender Women Who Have Sex with men, AIDS and Behavior, 14, 351-8
  • , , Expanding the Horizons: New Approaches to Providing HIV Testing Services in the United States. , Public Health Reports , Supplement 3, 1-4