Hygiene and Public Health. Further, he has an honorary doctorate in science from Georgetown University.


Michael E. Zeilinger, M.D., M.P.H., serves at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as Chief of the Nutrition Division in the Bureau for Global Health. His work at USAID includes technical and managerial oversight of food security, malnutrition, child blindness, and broad health research programs. Dr. Zeilinger is also responsible for USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program. Prior to his work with child health, malnutrition, and food security, he served as the manager and senior advisor to USAID’s Infectious Disease Strategic Objective Team, focusing on malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Zeilinger also served as a member of the U.S. Delegation Expert Team on Health and Infectious Disease for the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2006. Preceding his work at USAID, Dr. Zeilinger served as the Central Asian Regional Director for Project HOPE, working on public- and private-sector-funded tuberculosis control projects in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. His work in central Asia also included humanitarian assistance and child survival programs. Prior to his tenure in central Asia, Dr. Zeilinger worked with Birch and Davis on the Department of Defense’s Military Health Service System, and the Public Health Foundation on a Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Health Benchmarks Demonstration Project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Zeilinger has managed several community health programs. He currently holds the positions of Adjunct Professor and Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Center for Global Health, and Professorial Lecturer at the American University’s School of International Service. In addition to instructing courses, he guest lectures on a variety of topics ranging from emerging infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, integrated management of childhood illnesses, and monitoring and evaluation of international public health programs. Dr. Zeilinger also serves as a member of the board of directors of Jewish Healthcare International. Dr. Zeilinger is a doctor of podiatric medicine and holds a master’s degree in public health (international health promotion) from George Washington University.



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