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Harold W. Jaffe

Module Lead, Field Epidemiology

Harold W. Jaffe trained in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago. In 1981, while serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he joined the original CDC Task Force established to investigate a new disease that became known as AIDS. He continued to work on AIDS-related issues at CDC and served as the Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.  In 2004, Dr. Jaffe left CDC to become Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford, where he established the University’s first MSc course in Global Health Science. He returned to CDC in 2010 to become the Associate Director for Science and served in this position until his retirement in 2016. Dr. Jaffe is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and serves as an Associated Editor for the journal Public Health Reports.