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Marc Strassburg,
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Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA
E-mail: strass@ucla.edu

Epidemiologist (Retired)
LA County Public Health Department
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7785
E-mail: mstrassburg@ph.lacounty.gov
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After spending two years in the Peace Corps working with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Smallpox Eradication program, Dr. Strassburg attended graduate school at UCLA where he received his doctoral degree in Epidemiology with a minor in Health Services. During his career at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Strassburg held a variety of key positions. His last position was as Head of the Web Informatics Division (http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov) where along with then Director, Dr. Jonathan Fielding developed Web Informatics. His interests in this area included development of policies governing the use of health data and information on the web. In previous appointments at the County, Dr. Strassburg was Chief Epidemiologist where he coordinated epidemiological studies and activities. He has also served a disease control Epidemiologist, Environmental Epidemiologist, Assistant Chief of Data Collection and Analysis, and Immunization Program Director. After his retirement in 2012 he has been serving as a consultant to the Department on areas of surveillance and syndication of data.


Outside of the County, Dr. Strassburg has worked as a consultant in the field of Epidemiology and Information Systems for over 30 years, both within the United States and internationally. His specialty has been in surveillance and information systems. For the WHO he has consulted in over 30 countries. The objectives of these consultancies have varied and included writing field-guides and training materials, conducting seminars, program evaluations, developing and setting up surveillance systems, writing strategic plans, and participating in Technical Advisory Group meetings. Five diseases have received his principal focus of attention during this time; smallpox, polio, measles, rubella, and neonatal tetanus. He has also consulted with other Health Departments on training issues and in developing a Bioterrorism and Immunizaiton Plans. Most recently he has consulted with the Gates Foundation on polio data systems, PAHO regarding future technologies for immunization programs, and SABIN related to the development of their International Association of Immunization Managers.


For over 20 years Dr. Strassburg has taught at UCLA in the Epidemiology Department where he currently holds the rank of adjunct Professor. His courses aim to provide both majors and non-majors with practical knowledge related to epidemiological measures and practice at local, state, federal, and international levels. More recently Dr. Strassburg's has been focusing on teaching health professionals empidemiology as applied to health services. He has a number of research interests both related to vaccine preventable diseases, informatics, and Bioterrorism which have resulted in over 50 publications. He also teaches courses at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Public Health program and the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University.