About Us

The Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is focused on improving methods for mathematical modeling and statistical inference on infectious disease data, engagement with policy makers to use the results of transmission dynamic studies to improve decisions, and outreach to multiple constituencies to provide education about communicable disease dynamics, tools for their analysis, and opportunities for interaction with scientists in the field. The Center is led by Director, Prof. Marc Lipsitch, and Associate Director, Prof. Bill Hanage.

Educational initiatives include enhancement of the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, outreach to quantitatively gifted students who are members of groups underrepresented in public health, and further development of teaching materials on transmission dynamics for both professional and doctoral students. The Center provides both financial and scientific mentoring support for postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral and masters-level students. Other partnerships include opportunities for short- and longer-term visiting fellowships for collaboration with public health professionals in government agencies, interaction with health and science journalists, and development of software tools for public distribution. See all Center opportunities here.

CCDD was named a Center of Excellence in the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences / National Institutes of Health.