Erin Wilhelm, MPH
USP's Quality Institute focuses on generating a rigorous evidence base for global discussions on public and regulatory policy reforms to advance quality of medicines. The Institute strives to improve public health outcomes and provide the rationale for investments in quality. In this role, Ms. Wilhelm develops strategic partnerships with leading academic research institutions around the world to expand the Fellowship in Quality of Medical Products. As part of this effort, she recruits fellows who propose innovative research aimed at tackling evidence gaps in the value of medicines quality, as well as the academic and USP mentors who guide fellows' research. Ms. Wilhelm also leads quarterly strategy sessions with internal and external advisers, representing an array of public health perspectives, and who help shape the vision and approach of the Quality Institute. Finally, she meets with and leads discussions with key global public health stakeholders to convey fellows' research results for maximum real-world impact.
Ms. Wilhelm has a broad background in public health and communications. Prior to joining USP, Ms. Wilhelm was executive director of the Program for Regulatory Science & Medicine and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University. For the nearly 7 years in that role, Ms. Wilhelm directed daily operations of the program and its Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), supported in part by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CERSI was a collaborative effort between Georgetown and the FDA to engage on issues related to regulatory science, an interdisciplinary area of research that aims to enhance the development of safe and effective medical products. In previous professional roles, she contributed to research and has written about HIV, disability, traumatic brain injury, and the impact of climate change on human health. She was formerly a staff member at the Institute of Medicine (IOM; now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academies, and volunteer researcher at Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also has held communications positions at the Corporate Executive Board, the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a staff writer and editorial assistant at the St. Petersburg Times.
Ms. Wilhelm holds a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University, and dual Bachelor of Arts in mass communications and political science from the University of South Florida.