School of Public Health

Mokdad, Ali

Ali Mokdad

Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Health Services


PhD Quantitative Epidemiology, Emory University, 1997
BS Biostatistics, American University of Beirut, 1984

Contact Info

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600
Box 358210
Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: 206-897-2849

Dr. Ali Mokdad is Professor of Global Health and leads the survey and surveillance activities at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Dr. Mokdad joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1990 where he served in various positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Promotion where he was the Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch. Dr. Mokdad also managed and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the world's largest standardized telephone survey, which enables the CDC, state health departments, and other health and education agencies to monitor risk behaviors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Dr. Mokdad has published more than 250 articles and numerous reports. He has received several awards including the Global Health Achievement for his work in Banda Aceh after the Tsunami, the Department of Health and Human Services Honor Award for his work on flu monitoring, and the Shepard award for outstanding scientific contribution to public health for his work on BRFSS.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his Ph.D. in quantitative epidemiology from Emory University.

Research Interests

Chronic Diseases; obesity; surveillance; survey methodology; emergency and refugee health

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