Pia D.M. MacDonald
Latin America Program Manager, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Dr. Pia D. M. MacDonald is the Latin America Program Coordinator for the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and is a research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC SPH). In addition, she directs the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and the Certificate in Field Epidemiology Program in the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC SPH. Funding partners include the NC Division of Public Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and National Association of City and Country Health Officials. Dr. MacDonald received a PhD in epidemiological sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an MPH in infectious disease epidemiology from Yale University. Before joining UNC she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the CDC.
Pia MacDonald’s research is focused on infectious disease surveillance, foodborne disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation, the epidemiology of HIV and other STIs in North Carolina, and public health practice systems research. Other research has included study of the malaria vector using GIS and remote sensing data.
Her practice-based work is primarily focused on training the public health workforce in applied epidemiology. The NC Center for Public Health Preparedness provides training and education to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Moreover, the Center provides technical assistance around infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance.