Deborah Covington: DrPH, FISPE, Part-time Faculty

Dr. Covington offers more than 30 years of clinical research experience in public health, epidemiology, and pharmacoepidemiology. Her primary focus is maternal and child health with a special emphasis on medication safety during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy. Her research includes prospective pregnancy registries, lactation studies, infant follow-up studies, studies employing secondary data sources (i.e., national databases and electronic records) and other peri and post-approval safety studies such as Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS). In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Covington is a Senior Research Leader within PPD’s scientific group, Evidera, where she provides leadership and strategic direction on real world evidence studies. Dr. Covington has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and FDA. She has over 100 publications in the scientific literature and presentations at professional conferences. She was invited to co-author chapters in Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide commissioned by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as well as a noted textbook on pharmacoepidemiology. She serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and professional societies. She is a Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.


  • 1996, DrPH, Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
  • 1977, MS, Sociology, Virginia Tech
  • 1975, BS, Sociology, Virginia Tech

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Safety of Medications in Pregnancy, Lactation, and Infancy
  • Risk Management