Nicholas Davidson, Acting Director of Public Health

Lilian Peake, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health

Nicholas Davidson serves as acting director of Public Health at the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In this capacity, he provides strategic direction for public health, leading its more than 1,900 public health employees. He ensures the delivery of appropriate, timely and quality services at DHEC’s 74 public health service sites, located in every county in the state and the performance of the central office bureaus of Community Health Services, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, Maternal and Child Health, Health Improvement and Equity, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Laboratory, Public Health Preparedness and Community Nutrition Services. He also currently serves as the director for Community Health Services.


Davidson has been a member of the DHEC team for 20 years. He started his career with DHEC as an oil spill program coordinator for the division of Environmental Affairs and served as a member of our state’s HAZMAT/WMD response team. Following this position, he served in various management roles including as the public health preparedness director in one of the coastal regions, public health oversight director for the Upstate region and public health director for the Midlands region. Most recently, he held the position of public health director for DHEC's Lowcountry region.

Davidson received his master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina with the focus on immunology. He also holds a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. He completed the South Carolina Certified Public Manager program in 2010.

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