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Amanda Tiffany ’04

In 2014, an outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in Guinea, West Africa. Amanda Tiffany ’04 was the first epidemiologist to arrive with the front-line team formed by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). The second was Michel VanHerp, at left. Raphael Dembadouno, center, was their guide in the area.

Global health: A view from the front lines

On Friday, March 29, 4-5 p.m., Amanda Tiffany will talk on “Global Health: A View From the Front Lines” in room 102 of Hanson Hall of Science on Augustana’s campus.

Tiffany’s career in epidemiology and global health has taken her from investigating HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to conducting Ebola outbreak surveillance for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

Amanda Tiffany ’04
The 2014 Ebola outbreak

“I knew the population. I knew the area. I knew the team that was already there, so we were really able to hit the ground running.”

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Today she is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC in Anchorage, Alaska, providing expertise for rapid response to outbreaks and other acute public health concerns.

Tiffany majored in biology and Spanish at Augustana before earning her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Basel’s Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. 

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