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Nasser Sharareh, PhD

Languages spoken: English, Persian

Academic Information

Departments: Population Health Sciences - Research Assistant Professor

Divisions: Health System Innovation and Research

Academic Office Information

Williams Building

295 Chipeta Way, Room:
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Research Interests

  • Access Spatial Analysis Geographic Information System (GIS)”
  • Systems Science
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Disparities
  • Community Health
  • Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Sharareh is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research (HSIR) within the Department of Population Health Sciences (PHS). Dr. Sharareh received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University with a concentration on Health Systems. He believes that Industrial and Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering and a very powerful approach in developing innovative tools for the field of healthcare. He has led several interdisciplinary projects and collaborated with a team of anthropologists, nurses, engineers, policymakers, and primary care providers to investigate public health issues such as the opioid epidemic, food insecurity, and infectious diseases. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of Utah, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship in HSIR, in which, he also served as a contractor at the Utah Department of Health and United Way of Salt Lake to study Injection Drug Use-related HCV infections and food insecurity in Utah, respectively.

Research Statement

Dr. Sharareh capitalizes on his expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS) and systems science methods (e.g., simulation modeling, data analysis) to study population-level health issues in the United States. He investigates the impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on health outcomes while controlling for spatial factors such as accessibility to services, and proposes community-based interventions to policymakers, behavioral scientists, and healthcare officials.

Education History

Postdoctoral Training University of Utah School of Medicine
Population Health Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Professional Medical State University of New York at Binghamton
Industrial and Systems Engineering; Concentration: Health Systems
Graduate Training State University of New York at Binghamton
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Undergraduate Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Industrial Engineering

Selected Publications

  1. Behler RP, Sharareh N, Whetten JS, Sabounchi NS (2020). Analyzing the cost-effectiveness of Lyme disease risk reduction approaches. J Public Health Policy, 41(2), 155-169.
  2. Sharareh N, Hess R, Wan N, Zick CD, Wallace AS (2020). Incorporation of Information-Seeking Behavior Into Food Insecurity Research. Am J Prev Med, 58(6), 879-887.
  3. Sharareh N, Hess R, White S, Dunn A, Singer PM, Cochran J (2020). A vulnerability assessment for the HCV infections associated with injection drug use. Prev Med, 134, 106040.
  4. Sharareh N, Sabounchi SS, McFarland M, Hess R (2019). Evidence of Modeling Impact in Development of Policies for Controlling the Opioid Epidemic and Improving Public Health: A Scoping Review. Subst Abuse, 13, 1178221819866211.
  5. Sharareh N, Behler RP, Roome AB, Shepherd J, Garruto RM, Sabounchi NS (2019). Risk Factors of Lyme Disease: An Intersection of Environmental Ecology and Systems Science. Healthcare (Basel), 7(2).
  6. Sabounchi N, Sharareh N, Irshaidat F, Atav S (2018). Spatial dynamics of access to primary care for the medicaid population. Health Syst (Basingstoke), 9(1), 64-75.
  7. Sharareh N, Sabounchi NS, Roome A, Spathis R, Garruto RM (2017). Model-based risk assessment and public health analysis to prevent Lyme disease. R Soc Open Sci, 4(11), 170841.
  8. Sharareh N, S Sabounchi N, Sayama H, MacDonald R (2016). The Ebola Crisis and the Corresponding Public Behavior: A System Dynamics Approach. PLoS Curr, 8.