Scott C. Ratzan is a pioneer in the areas of health communication, health literacy and diplomacy. Dr. Ratzan is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. He also co-chairs the United Nations Secretary General's Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group and serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy, serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Well-Being and Mental Health, and is a former Ambassador for global health research selected by Research!America. He co-authored the definition of health literacy that serves as the basis for U.S. efforts.
Dr. Ratzan also has faculty appointments at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Tufts University School of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, he has been on faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and the College of Europe. His books include the Mad Cow Crisis: Health and the Public Good,Attaining Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities, and AIDS: Effective Health Communication for the 90s.