Rachel Idowu, MD, MPH

Country Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Liberia
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy

Topics: Community Health, Epidemiology, Global Health Diplomacy, Global Health Policy, Global Health Security and Surveillance, Global Health Systems/Delivery, Public Health, Refugee and Immigrant Health

Country: Mozambique

Commander (CDR) Rachel Idowu, MD MPH, a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service. Prior to her current role, she served as the Branch Chief for HIV Care and Treatment in the CDC country office in Maputo, Mozambique. Her past experience includes serving as a technical advisor to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to establish a Surveillance and Response Unit and five Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centres. She also mentored ten African epidemiologists at the Africa CDC through a US CDC-supported fellowship program. Rachel has served as a Medical Epidemiologist within the US CDC National Public Health Institute Program. In this role, she guided African Ministries of Health in Liberia, Ghana, and Zambia as each country established a nationally-integrated platform for public health delivery.

In addition, Rachel has over six years of global public health experience in responding to public health emergencies and health systems strengthening, including two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer during missions to South Sudan, Chad, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. She also served as an epidemiologist in Liberia as part of the US CDC's Ebola response. Prior to joining the US CDC, she completed a US National Institutes of Health Fogarty Research Fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya. Her undergraduate, medical, and graduate studies were completed at the University of California (Berkeley), University of California (San Francisco), and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, respectively.  Her residency training in general surgery and critical care medicine took place at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


M.D., University of California (San Francisco)
M.P.H., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine