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Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Director, Measure Program, Carolina Population Center
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Thomas brings together a unique set of skills to address this era’s most challenging public health issues. With experiences that encompass both academics and practice, he has: advised the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina on the ethical control of pandemics; directed large projects to strengthen health information systems in more than 40 low- and middle-income countries; developed and implemented evaluations of complex systems in North Carolina, Ethiopia, Thailand and elsewhere; translated theory to practice by using his knowledge of complex systems to found and direct Africa Rising, and organization that strengthened African community-based organizations by networking them together; addressed practical public health issues in locations ranging from the Congo jungle, to American prisons, to Hollywood film studios; integrated his practical experiences into the textbook Epidemiologic Methods for the Study of Infectious Diseases; and led the writing of the first code of ethics for public health adopted by the American Public Health Association and other national organizations.