Alumnae Profiles: Hazel Dean, Sc.D., M.P.H, C'83
At the Founders Day Alumnae Rally on Wednesday, April 9, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Alumna Hazel Dean will be Recognized as one of Spelman's Founders Day Honorees
Hazel D. Dean, Sc.D., M.P.H., is currently the Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NCHHSTP is the lead federal organizational unit responsible for public health surveillance, prevention research, and interventions to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The Center has a budget of over $1 billion and 1800+ staff. As NCHHSTP Deputy Director, Dr. Dean works along with the director to oversee all of CDC′s work related to the prevention, control and elimination of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the United States, as well as NCHHSTP's international work.
Dr. Dean is an internationally recognized scientist known widely for expertise in defining and addressing health inequities in HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. She has also contributed significantly to the development of national and international strategies for using HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis program, surveillance, and scientific data to guide prevention and care program planning and to address infectious and chronic diseases health disparities.
She is the author of numerous scientific journal articles, reports, and book chapters on HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minorities, women, incarcerated populations, and achieving health equity. She has served on a variety of national and international advisory working groups and committees that have sought to address infectious and chronic diseases among underserved populations. Her major research interests include developing methods, applications and programs to detect, understand and reduce health inequalities.
Dr. Dean is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her scientific and leadership achievements. She is the 2012 recipient of the United States Presidential Rank Honor Award for Distinguished Service – the nation’s highest civil service award – for outstanding achievements in public service; Tulane University′s Champion of Public Health Award; Spelman College's Alumnae Achievement Award in the Health Sciences; and CDC's Health Equity and Diversity Champion Awards. Dr. Dean received her bachelor's degree in biology from Spelman College, her master's degree in public health in international health, and a doctorate of science degree in biostatistics from Tulane University.