Ayaz Hyder, PhD

Associate Professor

Core Faculty, Translational Data Analytics

Environmental Health Sciences

Ayaz Hyder

Public health is my life. I get up every morning to carry out the mission of public health in service of all Ohioans. I am passionate about finding solutions to complex public health issues, such as reproductive health, opioid addiction and food insecurity. Currently, public health systems and workforce are in decline due to lack of innovation and systems thinking.

Therefore, we must think anew about how we carry out the mission of public health. I envision a future for public health that is proactive, data-driven, apolitical, equity-based and grounded in community needs. My contribution towards this vision is to build innovative models and data analytics tools for public health practice in Ohio and beyond.


1841 Neil Ave.
380D Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: hyder.22@osu.edu
Phone: 614-247-4936
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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

COVID-19-related research and service projects in close partnerships with several colleagues and community stakeholders include:
   1. Guiding the State of Ohio’s response to re-opening Ohio after the stay-at-home order in May 2020,
   2. Providing local data for local decision-making (e.g., changes in learning mode, Board approved plans for safe re-opening of schools) to 21 school districts in Central Ohio, including Columbus City Schools.
   3. Developing and implementing the Equity Mapping Tool, which is used daily by local health departments and healthcare systems to identify, coordinate and site pop-up/mobile COVID-19 vaccine sites.

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

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

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).