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Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Hazel D. Dean, C'83, MPH, ScD, DrPH (hon), FACE

Convocation Speaker

Hazel D. Dean is deputy director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. She has extensive experience in public health research, surveillance, program planning and implementation, management, policy development and translation, and workforce development. She has served at the state, local, federal, and international levels and at nonprofit organizations.

Dean is internationally recognized for her work in health disparities and health equity research and policy. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, policy reports, and other publications about infectious and chronic diseases, public health surveillance, applied epidemiologic methods, social and structural determinants of health, and the public health workforce. She frequently serves on national and international advisory groups and committees addressing infectious and chronic diseases among underserved populations.

Among Dean’s numerous honors are the Presidential Rank Honor Award for Distinguished Service (2012) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Distinguished Service Award (2013), two of the nation’s highest civilian awards. In 2014, she received an honorary doctorate in public health from Spelman College for her distinguished international leadership in addressing health disparities. She also was elected a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology that year for her substantial and sustained contributions to that field of research.

In addition, she received Tulane University’s Champion of Public Health Award, Spelman College’s Alumnae Achievement Award in the Health Sciences, and the CDC’s Health Equity and Diversity Champion Awards. Dean earned her bachelor's in biology (Spelman College), her MPH in international health/biostatistics, and her ScD in biostatistics (both, Tulane University).

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