Our Mission

Meaningful global health action must be grounded in accurate and timely information. Our mission is to improve public health information so that it’s there when and where it’s needed. At Public Health Practice, LLC (PHP), we work with countries to build and expand their capacity to harness the power of data for better health outcomes, specializing in public health surveillance.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, USA with employees and consultants worldwide, we work with global and domestic clients. We provide services and support for strengthening public health surveillance, public health informatics, monitoring and evaluation, public health education, and strategic planning. We firmly believe in working collaboratively with both local public health professionals and leadership at national and international levels. We value innovation and work to incorporate appropriate, user-friendly technology into our solutions.

Our consultants have decades of on-the-ground public health experience. Our projects are staffed and supported by professionals with experience in epidemiology, public health informatics, health policy and management, and project management. Our partners include some of the world’s leading public health and academic institutions.

PHP is a Service-disabled, Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with a demonstrated history of successful service.


Our work culture, processes, and strategies are guided by the core values of:











Headquartered In Highlands, NC

We think globally, but act locally.

Our Impact

We work all over the world to improve public health.


Our Team

Our team of staff and consultants come from all over the world and are as unique in their abilities as they are diverse. 

Scott McNabb, PhD, MS

Managing Partner

Prior to joining the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Before retiring from CDC in 2010, he served as Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office.

Paige Ryland, MPH

Senior Technical Advisor

Paige Ryland received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and her MPH from Columbia University. Ms. Ryland is based in Brooklyn, New York and serves as a Senior Epidemiologist at Public Health Practice. She works on strengthening public health surveillance with a focus on global health security, emergency operations centers, and public health education. She is a co-editor and contributing author of “Transforming Public Health Surveillance.” She is a member of the International Society for Disease Surveillance and enjoys volunteering for children-focused organizations.

Affan Shaikh, MPH

Senior Technical Advisor

With a breadth of experience and a diverse and unique background in economics and public health as well as a passion for medicine, I work at the intersection of my personal, professional, and academic interests, serving those most in need around me. Having worked both domestically and internationally I have learned to be flexible, innovative and resourceful when working in fast-paced and challenging environments.

Joy Sylvester, MPH

Senior Technical Advisor

I am an epidemiologist and public health practitioner with over seven years of experience in both domestic and global public health. I am passionate about harnessing the power of technology to improve lives and strongly believe in using evidence to guide health investments. Specific areas of expertise are surveillance, informatics and ICT, and monitoring and evaluation.

Lisa Ferland, MPH


Lisa Ferland is an experienced MPH in epidemiology with project management experience and grant proposal development specializing in global public health surveillance capacity building.

William MacWright, MPH


Emory Global Health Institute - Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded, multi-country typhoid disease burden projects in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia