Amy Nelson

Global Health Epidemiologist

Amy Nelson


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH, Epidemiology and International Health, University of Michigan
  • BS, Biochemistry, Colorado State University

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Amy Nelson has 15 years of experience as an epidemiologist and trainer, with a specialization in field epidemiology methods and infectious disease surveillance and response. Dr. Nelson has authored multiple series of highly regarded trainings for field epidemiologists in the United States and developing countries—covering topics such as rapid response to avian influenza, conducting outbreak investigations, epidemiologic study design and biostatistics, and public health surveillance.

Dr. Nelson also led the development of the Public Health master’s degree curriculum for the Central American Field Epidemiology Training Program, sponsored by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

She developed trainings and worked with local staff on communicable disease surveillance and outbreak investigation methods in Somalia during a complex emergency. She also conducted entomologic and epidemiologic field studies in Peru and Thailand.

Dr. Nelson was a contributor to the book titled Methods in Field Epidemiology and has developed and taught several online courses in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently leading a project on antimicrobial resistance surveillance in a poultry farming area in Nepal.