Faculty Expert Profile

David Dowdy

  • Professor of Epidemiology
  • Vice Dean for Education


  • Bloomberg School of Public Health

Languages spoken

  • English

David Dowdy is a professor in Epidemiology and an expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He also practices internal medicine in East Baltimore.

Dowdy studies the epidemiology of tuberculosis, the world's leading infectious cause of death worldwide after COVID-19, with over one million deaths worldwide each year. He is interested in how interventions are implemented to better detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent TB. To answer these questions, he combines skills in epidemiology, implementation science, health economics, and disease modeling. His work has been used to inform policy from the local to the global level, including Baltimore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National TB Programs (Uganda, South Africa, Bangladesh), and the World Health Organization.

More recently, Dowdy has been involved in the COVID-19 response, taking an active role in communicating scientific findings to the public. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC News, National Public Radio, and other leading media outlets.

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Endemic COVID
What does the new CDC guidance tell us about the COVID-19 pandemic?
Published Aug 15, 2022
Johns Hopkins epidemiologist David Dowdy says the guidance update brings the CDC in line with the habits of Americans and suggests we're closer to a new, endemic phase of COVID-19

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