Dr. Jodie Guest is professor and vice chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health, with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine at Emory University.  Previously, she was the Director of HIV Research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center where she co-founded the HIV Atlanta VA Cohort Study (HAVACS) and led more than 40 HIV-related studies.  She is also faculty for the CDC’s Epidemiology Intelligence Service program and the Associate Program Director for the Emory PA Program.  At the start of the pandemic, she developed the Emory COVID-10 Outbreak Response Team to bring testing, vaccinations and information to underserved communities and hosts Emory’s COVID-19 scientific video communications. She received her MPH as well as her PhD in Epidemiology from Emory University.  


  • Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology
  • Co-director, Office of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Faculty Councilor, Emory Board of Trustees, Woodruff Health Sciences Committee
  • Chair, 2019 National LGBTQ Health Conference (2019) and Co-Chair (2021, 2022)
  • Member, Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board
  • Steering Committee, Antiretroviral Cohort Collaboration
  • Director, Emory Farmworker Project
  • Director, Emory’s COVID-19 Outbreak Response Team
  • Faculty Advisor and Focus Area Lead, Emory COVID-19 Response Collaborative (ECRC)
  • Emory’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award (2021)
  • Rollins Student Government Association Professor of the Year (2020)
  • Department of Epidemiology’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2020)
  • School of Medicine’s Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award (2019)
  • Director, HIV Research, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (1998 – 2015)


  • Leading clinical and community-based research
  • Evaluating health disparities and social determinants of health
  • Expertise in public health preparedness, response and scientific communication
  • Methods for utilizing epidemiological study formats in clinical medicine
  • Strategies for infectious disease prevention and vaccine uptake
  • Pathogens: HIV, COVID-19


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