Dr. Christopher Whalen, Ernest Corn Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, has been named director of the college’s Center for Global Health.
As a physician-epidemiologist, Whalen is interested in reducing the suffering and mortality associated with infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis and HIV infection in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Uganda, where these diseases are most prevalent. His research aims to improve on current tuberculosis control strategies as well as clinical care for TB among HIV-infected individuals.
Dr. Whalen is equally passionate about training future leaders in public health and maintains an active epidemiology training program for Ugandan graduate students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
“I am committed to training future leaders in science and public health and providing them with the expertise, equipment, workforce, and infrastructure to be successful,” said Whalen. He anticipates wide participation in the program with others in the expanding global health research community at the College of Public Health and across the UGA campus.