Matthew Brown, MPS, PhD (in process)

Matthew Brown, MPS, PhD (in process)

Name: Matthew Brown, MPS, PhD (in process)

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor & Senior Advisor Office of Global Affairs HHS

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Matthew Brown is currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He works on several initiatives that cut across global health units in several HHS operating divisions (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Global Affairs (OGA). Some select projects include facilitating the HHS Global Health Career Track Working Group, charged with analyzing obstacles to foreign service and formulating recommendations to the Secretary, as well as coordinating the first ever Secretary's Award for Locally Employed Staff, a new program designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of the more than 1,700 locally employed staff serving in more than 50 countries for the Department. In addition, Matthew serves as a focal point for global health diplomacy and is an advisor for management and operations for HHS overseas programs, representing HHS on several interagency working groups.

Matthew Brown is a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Global AIDS Program (GAP) and is currently serving on a detail to the Office of Global Affairs (OGA), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Matthew has held senior leadership positions with CDC and the Department of Defense, serving abroad for more than twelve years. He served as the CDC deputy director in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, supporting a large-scale HIV candidate vaccine trial. He served as the CDC deputy country director in Beijing, China, supporting several Chinese-US collaborations as well as negotiating the operational framework for HHS's Emerging Infectious Disease program, involving FDA, NIH, CDC and OGA and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), involving CDC and the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Matthew also served as CDC's first country director in Port au Prince, Haiti, and was the architect for the PEPFAR strategy in Haiti, leading the design of an electronic medical record and national laboratory system which are now being used to track, characterize and target interventions for the Haitian cholera outbreak. In 2003, he was one of five HHS field representatives selected to help design the management framework for PEPFAR and helped create the first country operational plan and the management framework for the PEPFAR Track 1.0 awards.

Before joining OGA in January 2012, he served as the deputy director for the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), in San Diego, CA, supporting military to military collaborations in more than 70 counties.

Matthew is married to a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State and now lives in Maryland with their two sons.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Philosophy, Concordia Collect, Moorhead, MN 1991

  • Masters of Policy Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 1997

  • Joint Doctorate Program in Public Health, Global Health Track, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, expected June 2014


Matthew Brown's research interests are in the emerging field of global health diplomacy, specifically exploring strategies and methods to professionalize training and service of health diplomats, to advance better public health and diplomatic practice among nations. Other areas of research include describing management mechanisms and best practices that join nations around common global health problems, facilitating interagency global health engagement, and issues related to global health career development.


Select lectures for Global Health Division Courses, USU, including:

  • PMO528-Global Health I
  • PMO539-Global Health II
  • Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS)
  • Medical Stability Operations Course for Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI), multiple times & topics

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Health
  • Global Health Diplomacy
  • Foreign Assistance
  • Humanitarian Operations

Professional Activities


  • Member, Global Health Advisory Board, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Institute of Health Law Studies
  • Member, Locally Employed Staff Advisory Group, Interagency Technical Working Group, U.S. Department of State
  • Member, Knowledge Management Steering Committee, PEPFAR, U.S. Department of State
  • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), Education Committee


  • Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), Education Committee
  • Member, International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS; US Department of State billing mechanism for U.S. Embassy-provided services to other Executive Branch Federal Agencies); Budget Committee and Interagency Working Group

Peer Reviewer Appointments

  • National Aboriginal Health Organization [NAHO] Journal of Aboriginal Health


Selected Recent Publications

  • Brown M. Intersection of diplomacy and public health: The role of health attaches in the United States government's global engagement. Paper presented at: 141st APHA Annual Meeting (November 2-November 6, 2013)2013.
  • Brown M., Liang BA, Hale B, Novotny TE. China's Role in Global Health Diplomacy: Designing Expanded U.S. Partnership for Health System Strengthening in Africa. GLOBAL HEALTH GOVERNANCE. 2013 (Summer 2013).
  • Brown M., Mackey TM, Liang BA. Global health diplomacy and management mechanism of US-China public heath collaborations in China: Lessons for emerging markets. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology. October 2012 2012;Volume 18(Number 4):44-50.