Mississippi State Department of Health

Lei Zhang, PhD, MBA

MSDH Office of Health Data and Research
570 East Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39216


Dr. Zhang was appointed Director of the Office of Health Data and Research in November 2007. He is responsible for directing and providing data and research support to the Maternal and Child Health, Oral Health, Chronic Disease, and Tobacco Control Programs. Prior to his current assignment, he served as a Bureau Director and Business Systems Analyst at the MSDH. He has also held adjunct academic appointments at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Jackson State University.

Dr. Zhang earned his PhD and Master of Science in Preventive Medicine from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is also a certified public manager.

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