Elizabeth O’Mara, PhD, MPH
Social and Behavioral Sciences Coordinator
Elizabeth O’Mara is the coordinator for CHAMPS’s Social and Behavioral Sciences. She joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2000 as a Public Health Advisor for the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention focusing on domestic extramural activities and surveillance in West Africa. She later moved to CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and was tasked with conducting the evaluation of public health policy and strategic direction for CDC’s infectious threat programs in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. In 2009, Dr. O’Mara joined the Epidemiology Team in the Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch focusing on zoonotic epidemiological science, real world investigations and evaluation of bacterial zoonotic diseases with potential for widespread public health threat. In 2011, she returned to the global health field focusing on maternal and child health under the direction of the Program Development Office in CDC’s Center for Global Health.
Prior to CDC, Dr. O’Mara spent 10 years in sub-Saharan Africa developing partnerships, programs and research opportunities among government Ministries, UN agencies, academic institutions, classroom educators, and hospitals for SOS Kinderdorf International. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida and her PhD at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health. At the University of Georgia, she also designed courses focusing on global maternal and child health aimed at training future public health professionals in the use of epidemiological principles to conduct surveillance, qualitative methodologies, health promotion and service to address existing and emerging MCH public health issues. Dr. O’Mara remains actively involved in academic research designed to enhance mixed research methodologies, epidemiology and behavioral sciences dedicated to global maternal and child health issues.