David A. Ross, ScD


Public Health Informatics Institute, Task Force for Global Health


Dr. David Ross is the Director of the Public Health Informatics Institute of the Task Force for Global Health. He became the Director of All Kids Count; a program of the Institute supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2000, and subsequently launched the Institute, also with funding from RWJF.

Dave's experience spans the private healthcare and public health sectors. Before joining the Task Force for Global Health, he was an executive with a private health information systems firm, a public health service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an executive in a private health system.

Dave holds a doctoral degree in Operations Research from The Johns Hopkins University (1980) where he was involved in health services research. After serving as Director of the Health Service Research Center, Baltimore USPHS Hospital, he became Vice President for Administration with the Wyman Park Health System. In 1983, he joined the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. During his career at CDC, he worked in environmental health, CDC’s executive administration, and public health practice.

Dave was founding director of the Information Network for Public Health Officials (INPHO), CDC’s national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health. His research and programmatic interests reflect those of the Institute: the strategic application of information technologies to improve public health practice.

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