Michael Merson was appointed interim vice president and vice provost for Global Strategy and Programs in June 2011. In addition, he is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute, and vice chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore affairs.
He has held leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control, Cholera Research Laboratory in Bangladesh, Diarrheal Diseases Control Program and Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization. In 1995, Merson became the first Dean of Public Health at Yale University. In 2001, he was named Professor of Public Health in the Yale School of Medicine, and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.
Merson has advised UNAIDS, WHO, Global Fund, World Bank, Doris Duke Foundation, World Economic Forum, and the Gates Foundation, and is a member of the Commission for Smart Global Health Policy-CSIS and of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He is senior editor of Global Health: Disease, Programs, Systems, and Policies, a leading global health textbook. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.