Guthrie Birkhead

Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH

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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Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus

School of Public Health
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Director, Center for Public Health Preparedness



M.D. (1979) Yale University School of Medicine.
M.P.H. (1985) John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine (1979-1982) Boston University Hospital.
Preventive Medicine Resident, (1984-1985) Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Preventive Medicine Resident (1987-1988) Centers for Disease Control.

Research Interests

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

Additional Information


Lecturer, Epidemiology 512, Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Lecturer, Epidemiology 610, AIDS Epidemiology


Martin EG, Shah NR, Birkhead GS. Unlocking the Power of Open Health Data: A Checklist to Improve Value and Promote Use. (Commentary) J Public Health Manag Pract. 2018;24(1):81–84.

Birkhead GS. Successes and Continued Challenges of Electronic Health Records for Chronic Disease Surveillance (Editorial). Am J Public Health. 2017; 107(9):1365-1367.

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.

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.

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.

Hutchins SS, Birkhead GS, Kenyan, K, Abellera, J, Lemmings, J, CSTE Smallpox Working Group. Public Health Surveillance for Suspected Smallpox in the United States, 2003-2005: Results of a National Survey. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2008; 46(Supp 3): 204-211.