Patrick O'Carroll

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Affiliate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Affiliate Professor, Health Systems and Population Health



MD Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 1983
MPH Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1983



The Task Force for Global Health 
Sector Head, Health Systems Strengthening


Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI, is a member of the Executive Team at the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, Georgia. He provides overall strategic and operational direction to the Health Systems Strengthening sector of The Task Force, which consists of the Public Health Informatics Institute, TEPHINET (the global network of Field Epidemiology Training Programs), the MedSurplus Alliance (MSA), and the Health Campaign Effectiveness Program. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. O’Carroll was the Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region X serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He was also HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine) and Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health. Dr. O'Carroll currently splits his time between Seattle and Atlanta.

Research Interests

  • Global health
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Public health informatics
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency preparedness and health security

Recent Publications (PubMed)

The Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap: Enhancing Global Health Security by Accelerating the Development of Field Epidemiology Capacity Worldwide.
(2021 May-Jun)
Health Secur 19(3): 349-351
O'Carroll PW, Kirk MD, Reddy C, Morgan OW, Baggett HC

Using the Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology to Build Laboratory Capacity for Timely Diagnosis During the Zika Epidemic in Puerto Rico.
(2021 May-Jun 01)
J Public Health Manag Pract 27(3): E143-E150
Rembert JH, Zometa CS, O'Carroll PW, Licier AL, McPhillips-Tangum C, Hale PM

An Environmental Scan of Recent Initiatives Incorporating Social Determinants in Public Health.
(2016 Jun 30)
Prev Chronic Dis 13(): E86
Koo D, O'Carroll PW, Harris A, DeSalvo KB

Public Health 3.0: Time for an Upgrade.
(2016 Apr)
Am J Public Health 106(4): 621-2
DeSalvo KB, O'Carroll PW, Koo D, Auerbach JM, Monroe JA

Rebuilding the tower of Babel: a revised nomenclature for the study of suicide and suicidal behaviors. Part 2: Suicide-related ideations, communications, and behaviors.
(2007 Jun)
Suicide Life Threat Behav 37(3): 264-77
Silverman MM, Berman AL, Sanddal ND, O'carroll PW, Joiner TE

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