Saira Nawaz, PhD, MPH

Saira NawazDr. Nawaz serves as the Director of Health Services Research at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies and as Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy at the College of Public Health. She provides methodological expertise in claims research, evaluation, and cost analysis for center-specific projects.

Prior to coming to Ohio State in 2018, Saira worked as a biostatistician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as an evaluation specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. While at the CDC, Saira twice earned the agency’s Evaluation Award.



  • BS, Biochemistry | McMaster University
  • MPH, Comparative Effectiveness | Columbia University
  • PhD, Health Services Research | Dartmouth College


Selected Publications

Chakraborty, P., Gallo, M.F., Nawaz, S., Smith, M., Hood, R.B., Chettri, S., Bessett, D., Norris, A.H., Casterline, J., Turner, A.N., (2021). Use of non-preferred contraceptive methods among women in Ohio. Contraception. doi:

Montiel, GI., Cantero, P.J., Montiel, I., Moon, K., Nawaz, S. (2021). Rebuilding with impacted communities at the center: the case for civic engagement approach to COVID-19 response and recovery. Family & Community Health. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000294

Nawaz, S., Moon, K.J., Seiber, E., Trinh, A., Bennett, S., Joseph, J.J. (2020). Racism measurement framework: A tool for public health action and accountability. Ohio Journal of Public Health, 3(3).