Dr. Sharon Watkins joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health in November 2015. She is the Director for the Bureau of Epidemiology and is responsible for the management and oversight of the Bureau which includes the Division of Infectious Disease, Environmental Health, and Community Health. Dr. Watkins is a graduate of Ohio State University and specialized in Epidemiology, Environmental Epidemiology, and Perinatal/Maternal & Child Epidemiology. Prior to joining Pennsylvania, she has served as Chief for the Bureau of Epidemiology and as Director of Public Health Research for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Watkins has over 14 years of experience in Public Health and Epidemiology and is an Executive Board member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.