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