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John McCracken, MPH, PhD

Dr. John McCracken is head of the Unit of Emerging Infectious Disease in the Center of Health Studies at Universidad del Valle de Guatamala, a position he has held since 2011. He is involved in projects that include the surveillance of infectious diseases, the efficacy of vaccine against the rotavirus, and a cohort study to evaluate the health effects of flu and household air pollution during pregnancy and infancy.

Dr. McCracken started his career in Guatemala as a Fulbright scholar in 1998-99, when he led an environmental investigation in Quetzaltenango. Before that, he worked as an research specialist on projects related to air pollution and cardiovascular illnesses at the Harvard School of Public Health. Here, he accepted a position as a researcher in the Department of Biostatistics. In 2009, he was named the head of Epidemiology in the Unit of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Center of Health Studies at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Dr. McCracken received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University in 1994. He obtained a Master's in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997. In 2007, he received his doctorate in Epidemiology and Environmental Health from Harvard University.