Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH


Senior Strategic Advisor, CHAMPS and Vice President for Global Health, Emory University

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan is Vice President for Global Health at Emory University. He established and served as Director of the Emory Global Health Institute from 2006-2013. Dr. Koplan is a co-founder and former President of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).

A former Director (1998-2002) and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Koplan began his public health career in the early 1970s as a member of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. He has played a key role in a variety of domestic and global public health issues, from infectious diseases such as smallpox, SARS, polio and HIV/AIDS, environmental issues such as the Bhopal chemical disaster, to the health tolls of tobacco, obesity, and chronic diseases.

His work has included extensive international assignments in Bangladesh, India, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as US-China bilateral projects, World Bank missions, and World Health Organization consultations. He has worked in collaborative relationships with Chinese health officials since his first visit to China in 1979. From 1993 to 1998, he was President of the Prudential Center for Health Care Research.

Dr. Koplan is a Master of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). His work with NAM (IOM) has included chairing the Committee for Prevention of Childhood Obesity from 2003-2009, and during this period co-authoring two books on the subject. He is a trustee of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente - Georgia, The China Medical Board, and former trustee of Yale University. He is a Chair of the Visiting Committee for the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

He has been awarded numerous honors for his public health efforts, written more than 240 scientific papers and is a graduate of Yale College, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

He chaired the Population and Public Health Expert Review Group for the Wellcome Trust, and has been awarded numerous honors related to his domestic and international public health efforts. Dr. Koplan has written more than 230 scientific papers in esteemed peer-reviewed journals and is a graduate of Yale College, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health.