Epidemiology Faculty and Staff


Ruth L. Berkelman  

Updated: 12/16/2014    [update]
Professor (Graduate Faculty)

Rollins Chair
Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research

Department of:

1518 Clifton Road, NE
CNR Bldg.
Room 3045
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: (404) 727-5409
fax: 404) 712-8345

MD, 1977, Harvard University
AB, 1973, Princeton University
Additional Appointment(s):
Professor of Medicine;
Courses Taught:
EPI 562: Emerging Infectious Diseases
EPI 564: P. Hlth Prepare & Bioterrorism
Career Overview:

Dr. Berkelman is Rollins Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at Emory University and the director of the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center.  She began her career in public health as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   At CDC, she served as Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, and as a Senior Advisor to the Director; she retired from the US Public Health Service in 2000 as Assistant Surgeon General.  She served as Chair of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, American Society of Microbiology;. She has been elected to the  Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Microbiology. She has served on the National Academies Board of Life Sciences, the National Biodefense Science Board and the ASM's Public and Scientfic Affairs Board. She is currently acting chair of CDC's Board of Scientific Counselors for infectious diseases.

Areas of Interest/Research:
Disease Surveillance
Health Policy
Infectious Disease
Selected Research Projects:


 1. public health preparedness

2. infecitous disease surveillance

3. public health policy 


Selected Publications:
Berkelman, R.L. and Klugman, K.
The emergence and resurgence of bacterial infectious diseases. In: (eds. Hausler WJ, Sussman, M)
Topley & Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections, Tenth Edition
, 1: 2005.
Berkelman, R. L
., Cassell, G., Specter, S., Hamburg, M., Klugman, K.
The "Achilles Heel" of global efforts to combat infectious diseases (Letter)
Clinical Infectious Diseases
, 42: 1503-1504, 2006.
Berkelman, R., Sullivan, P. and Buehler, J.
"Public Health Surveillance".
In: Oxford Texbook of Public Health, Oxford University Press \ 5th edition
, 2009.
Neil K, Berkelman R.
Legionellosis, 1990 - 2005: Changing Epidemiologic Trends
Clin Inf Dis
, 47: 591-599, 2008.
Berkelman R
HIV/AIDS: Focus on the Test and Treat Strategy
Journal of Public Health Policy (in press)
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Other affiliations and Activities:

Member,  Institute of Medicine,, National Academies

Member, American Epidemiological Society

Member, American Academy of Microbiology

Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America


Link to this page: http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/RBERKEL