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Tara Ramanathan


Public Health Analyst
Public Health Law Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, GA  ​

Tara Ramanathan serves as a Public Health Analyst with the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, where she specializes in state and local government law related to emerging public health issues. She also serves as the lead for the program’s Research Initiative and works to develop innovative and rigorous legal epidemiology methods and guides for the field. Ms. Ramanathan has authored numerous publications and white papers with attorneys and public health practitioners, and has given presentations at national conferences related to health care quality, health system transformation, and health information technology. She collaborates with public health professionals within CDC centers and offices and state, tribal, local, and territorial partners to promote the use of law to improve the public’s health. 

Ms. Ramanathan is a licensed member of the State Bar of California. She received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Emory International Law Review, and received her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, and subsequently served as a Peace Corps Volunteer supporting rural health programs and community development in Senegal, West Africa. Ms. Ramanathan maintains her interest in supporting vulnerable populations through volunteering with health-related legal aid in Atlanta.
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