John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Lead with moral courage
Act with integrity
He most recently served as the Washington state secretary of health. In that job, he led the nation’s response to the first known case of COVID-19 at that time. While serving as secretary he implemented a gender X option on birth certificates, spearheaded raising the legal age for the sale of tobacco and vape products to 21 years, implemented an infants at work program, and led the effort to include the state’s 29 Federally Recognized Tribal Nations into legislation, making them eligible for foundational public health services funding.
John was appointed by the Trump administration to co-chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and was reappointed by the Biden administration. He also served on the scientific advisory group of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as well as the president of both the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). He serves as chapter advisor to the NACCHO Student Chapter at UNC-CH, which you can follow the group on Instagram @unc.naccho.
John received his DrPH in health leadership from the UNC-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health where he now serves as a professor of the practice, director of the executive DrPH program and associate dean for practice. He teaches public health, leadership, public policy, and advocacy. In his spare time he likes to travel, walk, explore new restaurants, and spend time with his husband and friends. His most challenging and rewarding experiences to date have been climbing Mt. Rainer and leading a pandemic response.
John Wiesman in the Gillings News
- Gillings School to lead planning for future CDC emergency preparedness, response center
- Gillings students, alumni and faculty contribute to NCMJ themed issue on violence prevention
- Wiesman named associate dean for practice at UNC Gillings School
- Cohen and Wiesman talk state response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Mental health crisis among public health professionals requires urgent action
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- DrPH, Public Health Executive Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
- MPH, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale University, 1987
- BA, Biology, Lawrence University, 1983