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Marc A. Strassburg

Adjunct Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyPart Time
Contact Information
Areas of Interest: 

Utilizing the Internet to provide health related information, resources and data, as well as to supplement surveillance activities. Other interests include: surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases: reviewing and evaluating strategies for eradicating polio, measles, and rubella: research techniques in evaluating public health programs; development of health status indicators for local health programs and health departments; methods used in the review of international health programs such as the World Health Organization's control and eradication programs..  


Dr. Strassburg has had a long and successful career at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Most recently as Director of Web Informatics where he directed all Web Development for the Department ( In previous positions, Dr. Strassburg was Chief Epidemiologist for the Department, and Director of the Immunization Program. He has been involved in developing emergency preparedness plans and training protocols for bioterrorism, pandemic flu, and emerging diseases both for Los Angeles and other municipalities. Outside of his work at the County he has served as a consultant in the field of Epidemiology and Information Systems for over 30 years. For the World Health Organization he has carried out over 100 consultancies in 25 countries; principally on disease surveillance and eradication strategies, as well as public health information systems. Five diseases have received the focus of his attention during this period; smallpox, polio, measles, rubella, and neonatal tetanus. For over 25 years he has taught classes in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, UCLA, where he is currently Adjunct Professor. He also teaches public health courses at USC and at Claremont Graduate University. Courses aim to provide both majors and non-majors with practical knowledge related to epidemiological measures and methods, and practice at local, state, federal, and international levels. Classes have included environmental epidemiology, bioterrorism, and fundamentals of epidemiology.  Recently he has served as a consultant to the Gates Foundation (on polio eradication), PAHO (on immunization information technologies), and to the Sabin Institute (related to establishing and international organization for immunization managers).

Dr. PH., Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles
MPH., Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles
BA., Philosophy/History, California State University, Los Angeles
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

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Committee Participation: 

UCLA Evaluation Committee

Selected Courses: 
Selected Publications: 

Strassburg M. Fundamentals of Environmental Epidemiology. Chapter in The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health. 2012; Robert Friis (ed.) .

Strassburg M. Measles. Encyclopedia of Epidemiology 2008; Chapter(ISBN: 9781412928168): Sarah Boslaugh (ed.).

Strassburg M. Polio. Encyclopedia of Epidemiology 2008; Chapter(ISBN: 9781412928168): Sarah Boslaugh (ed.) .

Strassburg Marc A Readers respond to "is the food industry playing games with our children?".. MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine. 2007; 9(2): 63.

Strassburg, MA Book Review Infectious Disease Surveillance. EID. 2010; Volume 16,(Number 4): .

Strassburg Marc A, Simon Paul A, Fielding Jonathan E Developing a public health Web site: the Los Angeles County experience.. Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP. 2002; 8(3): 44-53.