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Kerton R. Victory, PhD ’14, MS ’10, REHS

Global Achievement Award, 2023-24

Dr. Kerton R. Victory is the Regional Global Health Security Advisor for West Africa in CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) and Commander (CDR) in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service.

CDR Victory has contributed immensely to Global Health Security work in West/Central Africa including providing technical support for Ebola and Cholera preparedness activities, Cholera, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever outbreaks, and strengthening the region public health systems to respond to future infectious disease threats.

Prior to his post in Nigeria, CDR Victory served as a Senior Supervisory Emergency Public Health Epidemiologist on CDC’s Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT) in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB), supporting local health officials during some of the most difficult public health emergencies since 2019. He deployed to Zambia in April and August of 2021 to serve as CDC’s Lead Vaccine Technical Advisor supporting Zambia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and other international and local partners with the COVID-19 vaccine implementation. His work in Zambia was one of the most read CDC global health articles in 2021.

CDR Victory began his career with CDC in 2014 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked on several projects including evaluating crystalline silica exposures among granite countertop workers, evaluating Missouri’s Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance program, and providing technical assistance in epidemiology for the Ebola virus response in the Republic of Guinea and Dallas, Texas. In May of 2016, CDR Victory joined the NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Office (EPRO) as an emergency coordinator supporting CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to protect the health and safety of emergency response providers and recovery workers.

CDR Victory received his MSc in Nutritional Sciences and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Arizona. He is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS). In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to different countries, hiking, and experiencing different cultures from around the world.

About the award: The Global Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and credit to the University of Arizona and their profession in the global arena through professional achievement or humanitarian service.


Dean's Message

iman hakim

"The COVID-19 global pandemic has tested the ability of the global health community to respond to the moment. Aside from the novel coronavirus impacting such a dramatic pressure to shift to innovative research, teaching and learning, global health faces many such pressures, including the rapidly shifting demographics of low- and middle-income countries, changing patterns in disease burdens, the role of technology and innovation, and the existential threat of climate change. A global approach to public health is more important than ever, and the GHI has been building international partnerships and capacity for over a decade. We are training the global health leaders of tomorrow to expect the unexpected and become well-equipped to lead us confidently toward uncertain possibilities."

- Iman Hakim, MBBCh, PhD, MPH, founder of the GHI