Join us for the first International Programs Global Alumni Spotlight Series of the fall semester featuring Dr. Alfredo Vergara (PhD '93, MS '90, BSE '86), CDC country director and Division of Global HIV and TB program director for Mozambique. Dr. Vergara will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about his University of Iowa ties as well as his impressive career in global public health. The event will take place virtually via Zoom on September 23, 2021, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CDT.
Free and open to the public, the discussion will take place virtually through Zoom.
Dr. Alfredo Vergara (PhD '93, MS '90, BSE '86) is the CDC country director and Division of Global HIV and TB program director for Mozambique. Dr. Vergara is an epidemiologist with 28 years of experience in public health program implementation. He began his service at CDC as an EIS officer in 1993 and has subsequently worked in the areas of environmental health, global health and migration, and HIV/AIDS.
In 2000, Alfredo opened and established CDC’s first office in Mozambique, focusing on implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), serving as the CDC country director and public health attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique.
Alfredo also served as associate director for program implementation at the Vanderbilt’s Institute for Global Health (VIGH), leading the development of multidisciplinary global health programs, and teaching public health. During his tenure at VIGH, he established multidisciplinary collaborations across Vanderbilt’s schools of medicine, education, and business, linking various departments and Institutes with the aim of building applied programs addressing health and development. He taught environmental health in the MPH program and helped develop the global health track of the MPH program.
In 2013, he returned to Mozambique serving as branch chief for public health system strengthening at the CDC Mozambique, and was named a second time director for CDC Mozambique in 2016, overseeing a budget of over 180 million USD and a staff of 90+ epidemiologists, clinicians, and other scientists implementing programs to achieve epidemic control of HIV in Mozambique.
Dr. Vergara was awarded a BS in biomedical engineering by the University of Iowa, an MS in environmental science, and a PhD in epidemiology by University of Iowa’s Department of Preventive Medicine.