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Jon Andrus

Jon Andrus MD

Adjunct Professor, Director of Division of Vaccines and Immunization (Center for Global Health)
  • Center for Global Health
  • Department of Epidemiology


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Dr. Jon Kim Andrus is an adjunct professor and the director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization of the Colorado School of Public Health's Center for Global Health since 2017.  He is also an adjunct professor of global health at George Washington University’s Department of Global Health at the Milken Institute of Public Health. Dr. Andrus leads efforts to advocate for the evidence-based use of vaccines in developing countries. Over his 30-year global health career, Dr. Andrus has served as: deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from 2009-2014; lead senior technical advisor and chief of PAHO’s immunization program (2004-2009); and the regional advisor for polio eradication in WHO’s southeast Asia region, and subsequently chief of the region’s immunization program (1993-2000). He served as head of the Vaccinology and Immunization Program at the Institute for Global Health at the Universities of California at San Francisco and Berkeley (2000-2002).  

Dr. Andrus began his global health career as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as the District Medical Officer in Mchinji, Malawi (1985-87). As the only doctor he oversaw the provision of all health care services to a district population of 210,000 people. He is a graduate of Stanford University (1975) and UC Davis School of Medicine (1979). He did his family medicine training at UC San Francisco (1982), then served in Lassen County California in the National Health Service Corps (1982-1984).

Areas of Expertise

  • Infectious disease control and eradication
  • Surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases
  • Evidence-based introduction of new vaccines
  • Elimination of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome
  • Eradication of polio
  • New vaccine development

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Board Eligible Preventive Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1990
  • Board Certification Family Medicine, University of California San Francisco, 1982
  • MD, University of California Davis, 1979
  • BS, Stanford University, Biological Science, 1975


  • Mexico’s National Academy of Medicine Honorary Member for Life, 2019
  • Presidential Citation, Awarded by: Society for Public Health Education, 2016
  • UC San Francisco’s Santa Rosa Family Medicine Alumnus of the Year Award, 2014
  • UC Davis School of Medicine’s Transformational Leadership Award, 2013
  • PACE Global Leadership Award, 2011
  • Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, Awarded by: Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2006
  • Director’s Outstanding Team Award, Awarded by: Director of PAHO, 2006
  • Recognition Award, Awarded by: Minister of Health of Paraguay, 2005
  • President’s Certificate of Appreciation of Technical Cooperation, Awarded by: President of El Salvador, 2004
  • President’s Certificate of Distinguished Technical Cooperation, Awarded by: President of Ecuador, 2004
  • National Immunization Program Certificate of Appreciation, 2001
  • U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal, 2000
  • Emil M. Mrak International Award, Awarded by: University of California, Davis, Cal Aggie Alumni Association, 1998


  • Chair, PAHO Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination
  • Member, PAHO Technical Advisory Group for Vaccine Preventable Disease
  • Member, Mexico Ministry of Health Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Adjunct Professor of Global Health, George Washington University

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