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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Barbara  Massoudi

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Barbara L. Massoudi is a senior research health scientist in RTI’s Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology program. Dr. Massoudi is project director for the BioSense Requirements, Specifications, Prototypes, and Pilots project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a project that focuses on redesign of the BioSense application through a user-centered design approach. She is the principal investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to develop a personal health record application aimed at improving health status among persons with asthma and depression or anxiety and was previously the principal investigator for a similar grant aimed at increasing physical activity among sedentary adults, both following a user-centered design approach. Dr. Massoudi leads a project for CDC in partnership with Agilex Technologies to conduct a demonstration of how health information exchanges can support preventive care at the community level. She leads the Technical Assistance Task of the Technical Assistance for Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) project for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as well as the Tool Development Task of the Practice Transformation to Support Electronic Health Records Adoption project for AHRQ. Dr. Massoudi led the Assessment of Variation and Solutions and Impact Assessment reports of the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative for AHRQ. She is immediate past-chair of the Public Health Informatics Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Massoudi has 25 years of experience in health, public health, and informatics, with specialized skills in epidemiology and environmental and occupational health. She is an alumna of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, where she served with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Massoudi’s current research interests include documenting and reengineering the business processes of public health, knowledge management, clinical decision support, personal health records, user-centered design, and public health informatics training and competencies.

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Contact Information

RTI International , Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology

Atlanta , GA 30341

Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology

Phone: (770)986-5062

Fax: (770)234-5030


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  • MPH 1990, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD 1994, University of Pittsburgh
  • Graduate Certificate 2004, Emory University

Courses Taught

  • INFO 500: Princ.of Public Health Info.I
  • INFO 501: Princ Publ Hlth Informatics II
  • INFO 503: Mngmt. Principles for Informat


  • , , An informatics agenda for public health: Summarized recommendations from the 2011 AMIA PHI conference., Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, In Press,
  • , , CDC bringing together the Science and Practice of Public Health Surveillance through BioSense 2.0, American Journal of Preventive Medicine Blog, In Press,
  • , , A web-based intervention to support increased physical activity among at-risk adults., Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 43 (5 Suppl 1), S41-S45
  • , , NHIN, RHIOs, and Public Health., Journal of Public Health Management and Practice., 13 (1), 31-34