Amy Rowland

Director of Communication, Emory Global Health Institute
Amy Rowland

Amy Rowland, MSc, BA, is a global health leader with 30 years of communication experience. Her expertise includes media & public affairs; brand management; social & behavior change communication; digital & social marketing; crisis, emergency & risk communication; partnerships; and workforce development. 

Ms. Rowland joined Emory Global Health Institute’s (EGHI) leadership team in September 2022. As Communication Director, she works to advance five strategic pillars with a focus on communication, partnerships, and new areas of growth.

Prior to joining Emory, Ms. Rowland served as the Associate Director for Communication Science for the Global Immunization Division (GID), Global Health Center (GHC), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC). She led communication in support of CDC’s global immunization scientific agenda and programmatic goals to prevent, eradicate, eliminate and control high-burden vaccine-preventable diseases. She co-chaired the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Global Communications Group for 2 years and served as CDC Global Rapid Response Team media and public affairs mentor to deployers worldwide from 2018 – 2022.  

From 2016 – 2019, Ms. Rowland led media and public affairs for CDC’s Global Health Center working with public health experts and colleagues in more than 60 countries. She led communication and spokesperson trainings for public health leaders worldwide; conducted workshops for journalists reporting on public health, especially during a crisis event; and deployed for the U.S. government as a spokesperson and communication lead during public health emergencies. 

In 2011, Ms. Rowland was recruited to CDC’s Office on Smoking & Health to lead digital media strategy and content development for the launch of the first federally-funded national tobacco education campaign, CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers, now in its twelfth year. In her role as Digital Media and Content Team Lead, she also oversaw science translation, communication strategy, and launches for numerous U.S. Surgeon General’s Reports, including the first on e-cigarette use among youth released in 2016. 

Prior to CDC, Ms. Rowland worked for 12 years as a UK-based foreign correspondent, agency director, speechwriter and served on the Executive Board of Directors of The Africa Center in London.

Ms. Rowland earned her Master of Science degree in Organizational and Social Psychology from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at The London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern and Classical Languages from Georgia State University.