Claudia A. Kozinetz, PhD, MPH

East Tennessee State University

Why do you want to serve as a leader of the College?

It would be an honor to continue my service to the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) as President-elect.   For over 30 years, I have observed the growth and direction of ACE and also learned so much from its members – they are my friends and colleagues.  ACE’s active members are a diverse group of epidemiologists with great vision and drive.  The members of ACE make it an exciting time for ACE as we work on updating the College’s strategic plan (2019-2022).  As ACE goes forward, I will advocate for the membership by listening to epidemiologist’s needs during these times of change and challenge, and I will advocate for epidemiology as a robust science for the promotion of the public’s health.  Every epidemiologist should call ACE her/his professional home organization!

What are your qualifications and experiences that will help you in service as a leader?

I have maintained my understanding of ACE’s organization, vision and mission through service to the organization.  I have had the opportunity to Chair the Program Committee for the 2013 ACE annual meeting, serve on the ACE Board of Directors (2014-2017) and participate on the Policy Committee.  I currently Co-Chair the Standing Program Committee Workgroup.  In other professional roles, I have lead research centers, other epidemiologic organizations, and research review groups.  My epidemiologic career has been in the academic realm, however, my professional collaborations have reached across other epidemiologic and public health venues.  From 1986 to 2014, I directed the Epidemiology Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center, while maintaining adjunct ties with the University of Texas School of Public Health.  In 2014, I transitioned to Tennessee to Chair the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University with the goal of having a more active and focused role in training the next generation of epidemiologists – our future.