Farah Husain, DMD, MPH Epidemiologist, CDC

Emergency Response and Recovery Branch


Farah Husain joined the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch in 2008 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. Her primary areas of work are communicable disease surveillance and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in emergency settings. She has most recently been involved in setting up the emergency disease surveillance system in Northern Syria and Jordan in response to the Syria crisis and is currently developing standardized guidelines to evaluate these systems with the World Health Organization. She is also working to develop guidance in epidemiological methods among WASH partners working in emergencies. She has worked in Iraq, Cameroon, Uganda, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Haiti, Nepal, Congo-Brazza, Mozambique, Jordan, Turkey and Kenya. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Husain worked with International Medical Corps and the Pan American Health Organization. She completed her undergraduate degree from McGill University, and post-graduate degrees from Tufts University and Harvard University.