Guthrie Birkhead

Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD

Specializes in epidemiology and policy development related to immunizations, communicable diseases including HIV, public health surveillance and public health workforce development.

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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.

Research Interests

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

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

Lecturer, Epi 512 Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology


  • 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.