Director of Infection Control
Johns Hopkins Office of Population Health
Heather Saunders is an experienced and motivated registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health and a certification in infection control. Striving for excellence in the prevention and control of infectious disease, Heather believes in using innovative and strategic leadership methods to achieve program goals.
Heather first discovered her love for population health and infection control during a short-term assignment in Nairobi, Kenya where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to improve the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the Mathare Valley slums. After spending the first 6 years of her nursing career in busy emergency departments, she transitioned away from the bedside to join the work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as an Infection Control Epidemiologist. Following the completion of her master's degree in public health, Heather became the infection prevention and control nurse consultant for the State of Maryland, guiding the state's infection prevention and control efforts during the COVID pandemic.
Currently, Heather is excited to be back at Johns Hopkins in the Office of Population Health as the Director of Infection Control. As Director, she oversees infection prevention and control activities for a multi-site collaborative between acute and long-term care facilities. Heather is also the owner and primary consultant for Broad Street Prevention, providing infection prevention and control consultative services for businesses and healthcare settings.