Alumni Profile – Patrick K. Moonan, DrPH, MPH


Published: May 16, 2019

By Sally Crocker

MoonanMeet Dr. Moonan, a UNT Health Science Center 2005 DrPH (Epidemiology) and 2002 MPH-Epidemiology graduate.

Job Title: Associate Chief of Science, Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta.

Dr. Moonan is currently responsible for maintaining scientific integrity for all tuberculosis-related activities with the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis and within CDC’s implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

His previous job titles have included:

• Senior Epidemiologist, July 2017 to December 2018, Global Tuberculosis Branch, Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, CDC, Atlanta.

• Interim Tuberculosis Branch Chief (National TB Advisor), January 2017 to July 2017, Center for Global Health, India Country Office, CDC, New Delhi, India.

• Senior Epidemiologist, June 2015 to December 2016, Global Tuberculosis Branch, Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, CDC, Atlanta.

• Senior Epidemiologist, May 2010 to June 2015, International Research and Programs Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, CDC, Atlanta.

• Team Lead, Molecular Epidemiology, January 2008 to April 2010, Surveillance, Epidemiology, Outbreak Investigations Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, CDC, Atlanta.

• Staff Epidemiologist, June 2005 to December 2007, Surveillance, Epidemiology, Outbreak Investigations Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, CDC, Atlanta.

• Biostatistician, February 2005 to May 2005, Division of Epidemiology and Health Information, Tarrant County Public Health Department, Fort Worth.

• Research Epidemiologist/Instructor of Medicine, December 2001 to February 2005, UNT Health Science Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Fort Worth.

• Epidemiology Specialist, September 1999 to December 2001, Tuberculosis Elimination and Refugee Services, Tarrant County Public Health Department, Fort Worth.

Thoughts on his UNTHSC experience: “I was very fortunate to begin my public health career at a local health department where both research and practice held equal importance,” Dr. Moonan said. “Through outstanding and supportive mentorship, I built a reputation for scientific productivity, rigor, integrity, and ultimately, became an internationally recognized tuberculosis specialist.”

Advice for future students: “Education is not found only in textbooks and classrooms. You cannot practice public health from behind a desk — find every opportunity to engage your community,” Dr. Moonan said. “Become active in research. And above all, emphasize service before self.”