Ayaz Hyder, PhD

Ayaz Hyder, PhD
Assistant Professor
Affiliated Faculty, Translational Data Analytics
Environmental Health Sciences
1841 Neil Ave.
380D Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
Phone: 614-247-4936
Email: hyder.22@osu.edu
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Web: http://u.osu.edu/hyder.22/

Professional Overview

I connect models to action for public health impact. I help communities develop models that reflect their values. This means placing communities at the center of the modeling enterprise. The focal public health issues that I address are birth and infant outcomes, addiction and food insecurity. Common to these outcomes is the role of social determinants of health, the need for multiple stakeholder engagement, and breaking down discipline and data silos to come up with holistic and sustainable interventions.

A novel theme of my research is developing strategies for community-centered modeling where models are co-created, personalized and relevant to community needs, and generalizable to other communities.

Current Research Projects

1. Birth Outcomes/Infant mortality
-Systems Modeling of Infant Mortality in Ohio
-Agent-Based Models of Preterm Birth in the US
-Community Based System Dynamics for Reproductive Health Policy in Ohio

2. Opioid Epidemic
-Healing Communities Study (Health Economics and Simulation Modeling)
-Franklin County Opioid Recovery Deserts (FOCAL Map project)
-OpenOD: A Framework for Open-Source Opioid-related Data in Rural Settings
-Systems Models for Opioid Epidemic

3. Food Insecurity
-Smart Foodsheds in Ohio and California
-Agent-based model of Food Insecurity and Diet-related Health Outcomes in Franklin County, Ohio
-Smart Columbus Hackathon on food access
-Cost-effectiveness of Food Prescription Programs by Health Care Providers

Funding: OSU Internal Seed Grants (InFACT, Opioid Innovation Fund, IPR), NIH (Healing Communities Study), NSF (Midwest Big Data Hub, EAGER, Smart and Connected Communities), CDC (FOCAL Map), Foundation, and State of Ohio (Infant Mortality Research Partnership).

Research Interests

Systems Science, Agent-Based Modeling, Birth Outcomes/Infant Mortality, Environmental Epidemiology, Air Pollution, Citizen Science, Opioid epidemic, Food insecurity, Smart Cities, Health Economics


Research Associate, Health Services Research, University of Toronto, 2013-2015
Postdoctoral training, Environmental Epidemiology, Yale University, 2011-2013
PhD, Biology, McGill University, 2012
BSc, Biology, McMaster University, 2005


2nd Place in Poster Session #2 at Society for Epidemiological Research Conference 2019.

Selected Publications

Hyder, A. Teaching Systems Science to Public Health Professionals. Public Health. (Forthcoming, accepted for publication)

Hollander, A. D., Hoy, C., Huber, P., Hyder, A., Lange, M. C., Latham, A., Lewis, S., Quinn, J. F., Riggle, C., Tomich, T. P. Towards smart foodsheds: using stakeholder engagement to improve informatics frameworks for regional food systems. Submitted to 2020 Special Issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers on the topic of "Smart Spaces  and Places”. (Accepted in Annals of the American Association of Geographers)

Koh, K., Reno, R., and Hyder, A. Examining Disparities in Food Accessibility among Households in Columbus, Ohio: An Agent-Based Model. Food Insecurity. 11 (2), 317-331.

Hyder, A. 2018. Public Funding for Genomics and the Return on Investment: A Public Health Perspective. Perspect Biol Med 61 (4), 572-583

Reno, R., and Hyder, A. The Evidence Base for Social Determinants of Health as Risk Factors for Infant Mortality: A Systematic Scoping Review. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 29 (4), 1188-1208

Koh, K., Reno, R., and Hyder, A. 2018. Designing an Agent-Based Model using Group Model Building: Application to Food Insecurity Patterns in a U.S. Midwestern Metropolitan City. Journal of Urban Health. 95 (2), 278-289

Hosseinichimeh N, MacDonald R, Hyder A, Ebrahimvandi A, Porter L, Reno R, Maurer J, Andersen DL, Richardson G, Hawley J, Andersen DF. Group Model Building Techniques for Rapid Elicitation of Parameter Values, Effect Sizes, and Data Sources. System Dynamics Review. 2017 Jan 1;33(1):71-84.

Qiao, Y., Hyder, A., Bae, S., Zarin, W., O’Neill, T., Marcon, N., Stein, L. and Hla-Hla Thein. 2015. Screening and surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus for esophageal adenocarcinoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. 6 (12), e131

Hyder, A., and B. Leung. 2015. Social deprivation and burden of influenza: Testing hypotheses and gaining insights from a simulation model for the spread of influenza. Epidemics. 11 :71-79.

Hyder, A., Lee, H.J., Ebisu, K., Koutrakis, P., Belanger, K., and M.L. Bell. 2014. PM2.5 Exposure and Birth Outcomes: Use of Satellite- and Monitor-Based Data. Epidemiology. 25(1):58-67.

Hyder, A., Buckeridge, D.L., and B. Leung. 2013. Predictive validation of an influenza spread model. PLoS One. 8(6): e65459.