She is a research associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC SPH). In addition, she directs the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness and the Certificate in Field Epidemiology Program in the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC SPH. Her research is focused on infectious disease surveillance, foodborne disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation, the epidemiology of HIV and other STIs in North Carolina and public health practice systems research. Her practice work is primarily on training the public health workforce in applied epidemiology. The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness provides training and education to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Moreover, the Center provides technical assistance with infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance. Work in Latin America is focused on training the public health workforce around applied epidemiology with specific partners in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Funding partners include the NC Division of Public Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and National Association of City and Country Health Officials. Dr. MacDonald received a PhD in epidemiological sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an MPH in infectious disease epidemiology from Yale University. Before joining UNC she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the CDC.