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

SUNY  Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
One University Pl.
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Phone: (518)402-0372
Fax:      (518)-402-0380

     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:

Lecturer,  Epi 512 Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

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. Public health surveillance using electronic health records: rising potential to advance public health. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2015; 4(5):25–32.

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. Nadeau J, Bednarczyk R, Masawi M, Meldrum M, Santilli L, Zansky S, Blog D, Birkhead GS, McNutt LA. Vaccinating My Way – Use of Alternative Vaccination Schedules in New York State. J Pediatr. 2015 Jan:166(1):151-156.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.09.013. Epub 2014 Oct 16.

OʼConnell DA, Martin EG, Cutler B, Birkhead GS. The Evolution of HIV Testing Requirements in New York State, 1989-2013. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Jan 1;68 Suppl 1:S5-9.

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.