In Memoriam: Melinda Moore

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Senior Physician Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.D., Harvard Medical School; M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health


Dr. Melinda Moore died January 22, 2019. Her work focused on global health issues, particularly infectious disease, health security and public health preparedness, and was significant in enhancing strategies for global surveillance of influenza and international cooperation to enhance preparedness for influenza outbreaks in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. She also led military health projects related to medical intelligence, community disaster preparedness, and Army global health engagement.

Dr. Moore was a senior physician policy researcher and associate director of the Population Health Program at the RAND Corporation. She was also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She previously served with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office Global Health Affairs (now Office of Global Affairs) for five years. At RAND, she focused on global health, infectious disease surveillance, health security and public health preparedness, primary care, military health, environmental health, monitoring and evaluation, management information systems, and research management. Health security projects she led or participated in have identified strategies to improve global influenza surveillance; implemented tabletop pandemic influenza preparedness exercises in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Middle East; assessed the U.S. health response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic; and supported development of the National Health Security Strategy. She led or co-led military health projects related to medical intelligence, community disaster preparedness, the DoD Serum Repository, Army veterinarians in stability operations, evaluation of humanitarian assistance efforts, assessment of military biosurveillance, and Army global health engagement. She led RAND's contributions to an environmental health strategy for the United Arab Emirates. From 2010 to 2019, she led RAND's efforts to help improve primary health care delivery in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and from 2012-2016 provided consultation to the Qatar Foundation to help establish management processes and tools for the country's national research strategy. Dr. Moore was board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine, worked in more than 45 countries, and spoke five languages. She was a retired Medical Officer (Captain, O6) of the U.S. Public Health Service. Moore received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health.

Previous Positions

Deputy Director, Office of Global Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Associate Director for Global Health, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Acting Associate Director for Global Health, CDC; First chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's Health Task Force

Recent Projects

  • U.S. Army Global Health Engagement
  • Qatar Foundation Research & Development consultation
  • Primary care in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • National Health Security Strategy
  • Regional disease surveillance cooperation in the Mekong Basin

Selected Publications

Dausey DJ, Moore M, "Using exercises to improve public health preparedness in Asia, the Middle East and Africa," BMC Research Notes, 7(1), 2014

Moore M, Dausey DJ, Phommasack B, Touch S, Lu G, Lwin Nyein S, Ungchusak K, Vung ND, Oo MK, "Sustainability of sub-regional disease surveillance networks," Global Health Governance, (2), 2012

Moore M, "The global dimensions of public health preparedness and implications for U.S. action," American Journal of Public Health, 102(6), 2012

Olmsted SS, Moore M, Meili RC, Duber HC, Wasserman J, Sama P, Mundell B, Hilborne LH, "Strengthening Laboratory Systems in Resource-Limited Settings," Am J Clin Pathology, 134, 2010

Moore M, Trujillo HR, Stearns BK, Basurto-Davila R, Evans DK, "Learning from Exemplary Practices in International Disaster Management: A Fresh Avenue to Informa U.S. Policy?" J. Homeland Security and Emergency management, 6(1), 2009

Kimball AM, Moore M, French HM, Arima Y, Kumnuan U, Suwit W, Taylor T, Sok T, Leventhal A, "Regional Infectious Disease Surveillance Networks and their Potential to Facilitate the Implementation of the International Health Regulations," Medical Clinics of North America, 92(6), 2008

Moore M, Bond KC, Gresham L, et al, "Promising pathways for regional disease surveillance networks," Emerging Health Threats, 2013

Moore M, Gelfeld B, Okunogbe A, Paul C, Identifying Future Disease Hotspots: Infectious Disease Vulnerability Index., RAND (RR-1605-OSD)

Honors & Awards

  • President's Merit Bonus Gold Award, RAND President
  • President's Award, RAND President
  • President's Merit Bonus Silver Award, RAND President


  • A woman receives treatment for cholera after Hurricane Matthew at a hospital in Les Anglais, Haiti, October 12, 2016

    Cholera in Haiti: No Surprise This Time Around

    When Hurricane Matthew swept across Haiti, it left a resurgence of cholera in its wake. Tackling cholera head-on should be on the short list of health priorities for disaster relief in the island nation.

    Oct 27, 2016 Inside Sources

  • A worker wears a sign that reads "Shoo Zika!" in Portuguese on his back in Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 31, 2016

    Health and Safety at the Rio Olympics: It's Not Just About Zika

    The risk of contracting Zika in Rio de Janeiro is low. But there is a broader range of health and safety concerns for which travelers can and should take specific precautions.

    Aug 5, 2016 The Mark News

  • A scientist displays Aedes aegypti mosquitoes inside the International IAEA's insect pest control laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, February 10, 2016

    Know Zika to Fight Zika

    Scientists across universities, governments, and industry are doubling down to gain a better understanding of the Zika virus and develop the diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic tools needed to combat it. In the meantime, the public must be actively engaged.

    Feb 12, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • Specimens of Aedes aegypti mosquito are displayed during a campaign to raise awareness of Zika virus at the Health Ministry in Lima, Peru, January 27, 2016

    Fighting the Zika Virus: What Public Health Officials Need to Do

    For now, public health officials and their partners must do all they can to control Zika virus, using the tools at hand. That may include instituting a public health campaign to reduce mosquito-breeding sites and promoting prudent protection against mosquito bites.

    Jan 28, 2016 Fox News Channel

  • Pedestrians in a region of the South Bronx that has seen a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York August 7, 2015

    Control Disease in a New York Minute

    Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in many warm-water environments, but outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease like the recent one in the South Bronx don't have to be. Effective public health policies and practices can help inhibit Legionella growth, minimize the occurrence and impact of outbreaks, and save lives.

    Aug 20, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • Nepalese military personnel and international rescue crews check on a collapsed building after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015

    Another Nepal Earthquake Makes Disaster Relief Planning Even More Important

    Leadership, coordination, communication, and involvement of local stakeholders are critical in order to mount an informed response to natural disasters. Improved disaster management in Nepal could help limit the suffering of impacted communities and help secure a more successful recovery in the long run.

    May 13, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • A protestor demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of Ebola, in front of the White House, October 16, 2014

    Your Questions on Ebola, Answered

    Melinda Moore, a RAND public health physician and senior researcher, hosted an 'Ask Me Anything' session on Reddit to answer questions about Ebola, including whether a U.S. travel ban would help prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

    Oct 21, 2014

  • A burial team wearing protective clothing prepares to enter the home a person suspected of having died from Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 28, 2014

    Ebola Outbreak: Putting the Public Back in Public Health

    Medical and public health systems are crucial to controlling the transmission of Ebola and treating patients. But the public's role in becoming aware and engaged, both in West Africa and the United States, cannot be overstated.

    Oct 9, 2014 The Hill

  • A child receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    An Outbreak of Outbreaks

    Lately, stories about outbreaks seem to be spreading faster than the diseases themselves. An outbreak of measles in Ohio is just part of an 18-year high of U.S. cases. Meanwhile, polio continues to circulate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, while spreading to other countries, like Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Syria.

    Jun 11, 2014 The Health Care Blog

  • Lab specialist working on avian influenza

    H7N9 Bird Flu — Health Authorities Are Prepared, but Must Stay on High Alert

    Having dealt with outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu and other communicable diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and H1N1 swine flu in 2009, health officials are now far better prepared to detect new diseases early and react quickly to monitor and contain their spread.

    May 10, 2013 Asia Healthcare Blog

  • Health workers dressed in hazmat gear and a patient

    Heed Film Lessons on Outbreak

    To assure the health security of the United States, we must be capable of stopping anything a terrorist or Mother Nature might throw at us. Wholesale cuts to public health are taking us farther from that goal, write Art Kellermann and Melinda Moore.

    Dec 29, 2011 Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Flu and Far Between

    In a world where viruses travel as fast as jets, it becomesimportant for governments to share timely informationand accelerate the production and delivery of vaccines, writes Melinda Moore.

    Sep 22, 2010 Public Service Review: European Union

  • Swine Flu: A Real Security Threat

    In the rush of constant news updates on swine flu, we must recognize that controlling the spread of this disease is not simply a health concern but also one of national security. And in today's globalized world, the spread of swine flu has become not just a U.S. national security threat but every country's national security threat, writes Melinda Moore.

    Apr 30, 2009 Baltimore Sun