Guthrie Birkhead, M.D., M.P.H.

SUNY  Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health,SUNY

NYS Department of Health
Deputy Commissioner, Office of Public Health

New York State Department of Health
Room 1415, Corning Tower, ESP
Albany, New York 12237

Phone: (518)402-5381
Fax:      (518)-486-2564

     Dr. Birkhead


  • A.B., cum laude, 1975. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
  • M.D., cum laude, 1979. Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
  • M.P.H., 1985. The John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine, 1979-1982, University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA.
  • Preventive Medicine Resident, 1984-1985, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore MD.
  • Preventive Medicine Resident, 1987-1988, Centers for Disease Control, Division of Surveillance and Epidemiologic Studies, Epidemiology Program Office, Atlanta, GA.

Courses Taught:

Epi 512, Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Co-Course Director and Lecturer, Summer 1990, 1992, 1995.

Research Interests

Public Health Surveillance
HIV Epidemiology and Prevention
Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Prevention
Public Health Workforce Development
Community-based Public Health

Selected Publications:

Birkhead GS, Klompas M, Shah NR. Uses of Electronic Health Records for Public Health Surveillance to Advance Public Health. Annu Rev Public Health. 2015 (March);36: 345-359. PMID: 25581157

Birkhead GS, Eidson M, Dewar D, Nasca P, Morse DL, Shah NR. Integrating Public Health Education in a Public Health Practice Setting: The Experience of the School of Public Health, University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health. Journal of Public Health Manag Pract 2014;20(3):278-284.

Birkhead GS, Pulver W, Warren B, Hackel S, Rodriguez D, Smith L. Acquiring Human Immunodeficiency Virus during Pregnancy and Mother-to-Child Transmission in New York. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010;115(6):1247-1255.

Birkhead GS, Maylahn CM. State and local public health surveillance. In: Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance, Third Edition. Lee LM, Teutsch SM, Thacker SB, St. Louis ME (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press. 2010, 381-398.

Birkhead GS, Orenstein W, Almquist J. Reducing Financial Barriers to Vaccination in the United States: Call to Action. Pediatrics 2009;124:S451-S454.

Lindley M, Shen A, Orenstein W, Rodewald L, Birkhead GS. Financing the Delivery of Vaccines to Children and Adolescents: Challenges to the Current System. Pediatrics 2009;124:S548-S557.

Birkhead GS, Davies J, Miner K, Lemmings J, Koo D. Developing Competencies for Applied Epidemiology: From Process to Product (commentary). Public Health Reports. 2008; 123(Supp): 67-118.

Gorman RR, Lee LM, Horan JM, Milstein RC, Pertowsky CA, Waller MN, Birkhead GS. Updated Guidelines for Evaluating Public Health Surveillance Systems. CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2001; 50(No. RR-13): 1-29.

Wade NA3,2, Birkhead GS, Warren BL, Charbonneau TT, French T, Wang L, Baum J, Tesoriero J, Savicki R. Abbreviated Regimens of Zidovudine Prophylaxis and Perinatal Transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The New England Journal of Medicine. 1998; 339(20): 1409-14.

Birkhead GS, LeBaron CW, Parsons P, Grabau JC, Barr-Gale L, Fuhrman J, Brooks S, Rosenthal J, Hadler SC, Morse DL. The Immunization of Children Enrolled in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): The Impact of Different Strategies. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1995; 274(4): 312-316.