David Claborn, DrPH

DSS 727

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Missouri State University, Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies Faculty, 2008-Present

  • Joint appointment in Master of Public Health Program and in the Center for Homeland Security.  Course expertise:  Chemical/Biological Warfare, Strategic Planning for Homeland Security and Defense, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness, International Health and Infectious Disease.

U.S. Navy, Rank:  Commander (0-5), 1988-2008

  • Responsibilities included Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Disease Vector Ecology and Control Center Jacksonville and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Served in international billets or deployments for a total of six years, including as the medical entomologist for the First Marine Expeditionary Force during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.                  

Major Projects

  • Primary investigator, Analysis of public health education programs in homeland security academic programs. MSU
  • Primary investigator, Risk of domestic transmission of leishmaniasis acquired by U.S. service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, USUHS
  • Team leader for Maracay Operations, U.S. Navy Emergency Aerial Spray Operations for Control of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Venezuela, 1990.
  • Team leader for Charleston Operations, U.S. Navy Emergency Disaster Relief for Hurricane Hugo, 1989.


  • DrPH., Public Health, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, 2001
  • M.S., Entomology, Texas Tech University, 1985
  • B.S., Zoology, Texas Tech University, 1983.