Richard Dicker, MD, MS works at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supporting the development and distribution of curriculum materials for field epidemiology training programs (FETPs). He has been actively involved in epidemiology teaching, training, and mentoring throughout his 39-year public health career. He is the principal author of CDC’s Principles of Epidemiology coursebook and numerous applied epidemiology case studies, developer of CDC/Emory University's Epidemiology in Action course, and a co-creator of the original Epi Info™ software package. He has taught field epidemiology courses in schools of public health, at state and local health departments, and at Ministries of Health throughout the world.
Richard began his career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and Preventive Medicine Resident in the Division of Reproductive Health. He later served as Chief of the EIS Program and Chief of its Epidemiology Training Unit. Outside CDC, he held positions as Associate Regional Administrator for health care quality in the Boston Office of the Health Care Financing Administration, Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, and epidemiology consultant to CDC’s Global AIDS Program in the Caribbean and in Atlanta. He has served on the adjunct faculty at the Harvard, Emory, and University of Washington Schools of Public Health and has won awards for epidemiology teaching/workforce development from CDC and the American Public Health Association. He graduated from Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
His passion areas in learning include case studies (writing and using); translating epidemiological theory, principles and methods into practical field epidemiology training; and quality (having high standards for the quality of training, the quality of FETP fellows' work, etc.).