Joseph B. McCormick, MD, is regional dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health-Brownsville. He graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1967 and received his Master of Science from Harvard School of Public Health, through an intercalated program. Dr. McCormick completed his internship and residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia under Dr. C. Everett Koop. In 1974 he became an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control, and a fellow in Preventive Medicine. As a physician and researcher, Dr. McCormick has devoted the past 35 years to the pursuit of research and direct intervention in global public health, with a focus on epidemiology and international health, and worked on projects in South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, and humanitarian awards from Florida Southern College and Duke University Medical School. Dr. McCormick has more than 200 scientific publications with co-authors from more than 20 different countries.