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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.

Alumni can stay engaged with the Zuckerman College of Public Health by:

Joining the Bear Down Network


GHI Alumni who participated in credit-bearing programs or graduated with a degree from the University of Arizona can join the MEZCOPH Group on the Bear Down Network.

GHI Alumni who participated in non-credit bearing programs can join the MEZCOPH Bear Down Network group as a Wildcat Friend.

Bear Down Network

Joining the LinkedIn Alumni Group


To stay in touch with other alumni and up-to-date with research and programs at the College, join our LinkedIn Alumni group.

LinkedIn Alumni Group

Giving back by Joining The Dean’s Alumni Circle

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To keep the College and alumni connected while supporting current students, the Dean’s Alumni Circle serves as a leadership coalition that provides engagement with other alumni, with the leadership of the College, and with current initiatives. It offers a great way to “give back” to the College and support the next generation of public health professionals. Join the Dean’s Alumni Circle today!

Dean's Alumni Circle


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