Scott JN McNabb, PhD, MS

RESEARCH PROFESSOR - Emory University, Rollins School of public Health (USA), GLOBAL HEALTH SPECIALIST

Before joining the U.S. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Most of his professional efforts focused on serving those in underdeveloped, underserved global settings. Promoted to Distinguished Consultant and nominated for the CDC Charles C. Shepard Award, he completed the Senior Executive Services (SES) candidate development program and is certified by the Office of Personnel Management. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC. Before retirement from CDC, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.

Now Research Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia, he directs the King Abdullah Fellowship Program ( and is PI of the exciting, new Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development ( Jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology at Emory, he also holds an Adjunct appointment as 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 and at the University of Georgia, School of Public Health.

"I am passionate about public health, and I look at the big picture. If I can help students get quality work funded, we may all be one step closer to preventing the next pandemic."
Scott McNabb

Notable Courses and Activities

In addition to his leading role with Research Skills Development Course, Dr. McNabb is an active professor (Emory University; Columbia University; Georgia State University), mentor, editorial board member, and author. 

As a Research Professor at Emory University, Dr. McNabb teaches three main courses: Effective Oral Communication; Successful Scientific Writing; and Transforming Public Health Surveillance. He also teaches Transforming Public Health Surveillance at Columbia University. 

He has mentored 73 students through their MPH or Phd, plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program and serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health.

Dr. McNabb is also the founder and principal at Public Health Practice, LLC, a global consulting firm providing expert services and support to enable and empower excellence in public health practice.

Publications and Presentations

During Dr. McNabb’s extensive career in public health, he has written or contributed to hundreds of abstracts, articles, podcasts, and books. He has been a featured contributor for channels across all mediums, from professional journals to blogs to international conferences. 

For a detailed listing of his publications and appearances, view his curriculum vitae