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Ryan Tokarz, PhD, MPH is a PHI/CDC Global Health Surveillance Fellow working with the CDC Center for Global Health (CGH), Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His primary focus is on the surveillance component within the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) where he is working to improve the Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDSR) system. He holds a PhD and MPH in Global Communicable Diseases from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, and is certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Dr. Tokarz has extensive experience using field, laboratory, and remote sensing techniques to combat communicable diseases on both the international and domestic stages. The majority of his work has been focused on vector borne disease dynamics throughout Africa and South East Asia. Within these positions, he has directed and managed relevant research, as well as developed and implemented associated surveillance and response programs. Dr. Tokarz most recently managed the West Nile Virus Surveillance Program for the state of Iowa through Iowa State University during the 2018 and 2019 transmission seasons.

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is implemented for CDC by the Public Health Institute and its partner Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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