Public and Population Health Informatics Fellowship

We translate evidence-based informatics research into real-world solutions for providers, health systems and public health organizations.


We advance the science of informatics and methods as they are applied to public and population health contexts.


We develop and mentor the next generation of public health informatics leaders.


We measure the determinants and disparities in well-being and work with partners to ensure health equity.

Indiana Training Program in Public & Population Health (PPH) Informatics

The Program

The Indiana Training Program in Public & Population Health (PPH) Informatics is a fellowship program designed to educate and train the next generation of public health informaticians and is supported by the National Library of Medicine. The Program offers pre- and post-doctoral fellowships through the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health and leverages the Regenstrief Institute Public Health Informatics program to offer research opportunities.

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Within the program, trainees work on projects such as:

  • managing and analyzing large datasets in healthcare or public health organizations;
  • developing and using analytical methods to address population health challenges;
  • translating basic and clinical research findings into operational population-based settings;
  • designing, developing and evaluating health IT programs and tools in PPH Informatics; and
  • using social and/or behavioral science disciplines (e.g., economics, sociology, psychology and applying concepts and methods from these disciplines and their applied counterparts (e.g., organizational behavior, human-computer interaction) to solve PPH problems.

Pre-doctoral fellowship

  • Fellows will be actively enrolled in one of three PhD programs at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI
  • Trainees in all PhD tracks will conduct active PHI research with IU and Regenstrief Institute faculty in conjunction with health systems, local, state, and federal public health agencies.
  • Our National Library of Medicine grant covers tuition, health insurance, books, and travel expenses and provides a monthly stipend.

Post-doctoral fellowship

  • Fellows will complete a customized plan of study in PPH Informatics while conducting research with faculty mentors at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute.
  • Training will include grant writing, teaching, and PPH service to prepare individuals for research-oriented careers.
  • Salary levels follow the NIH standard guidelines for post-doctoral fellows. Find more information here.

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Eligibility & Application Information

Pre-doctoral candidates must be:

  • Admitted to the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health in a doctoral program in Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, or Biostatistics & Health Data Science with a focus on public health informatics
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents per NIH policy.

Post-doctoral candidates must:

  • Possess a doctoral degree in information science, computer science or health science (e.g., PhD, DrPH), or a doctorate in a clinical science (e.g., MD, DDS/DMD, PharmD)
  • Have a relevant background in public health research, information science, computer science, data science, or a clinical research background
  • Individuals with a background primarily in laboratory-based research are typically not appropriate candidates for this fellowship opportunity
  • Ideal candidates typically include those with a strong background in informatics, analytics, or public health
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents per NIH policy.

For additional questions about eligibility, please submit an inquiry through our Contact Us form (below).

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Selected Works & Publications

Provider Adherence to Syphilis Testing Guidelines Among Stillbirth Cases.

Ho YA, Allen K, Tao G, Patel CG, Arno JN, Broyles AA, Dixon BE.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2020 Oct;47(10):686-690. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001230. PMID: 32936603; PMCID: PMC7494952.

Validation of ICD-10-CM Codes for Identifying Cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Ho YA, Rahurkar S, Tao G, Patel CG, Arno JN, Wang J, Broyles AA, Dixon BE.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2020 Jul 31:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001257. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001257. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32740450; PMCID: PMC7855200.

Use of Electronic Health Records on Days Off: Comparing Physicians to Other EHR Users.

Apathy NC, Harle CA, Vest JR, Morea J, Menachemi N.

Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020 Aug 3. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06078-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32748344.

Practice and market factors associated with provider volume of health information exchange.

Apathy NC, Vest JR, Adler-Milstien J, Blackburn J, Dixon BE, Harle CA.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2021 Mar 1:ocab024. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocab024. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33674854.

Trends and Gaps in Awareness of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests From 2007 to 2014.

Apathy NC, Menser T, Keeran LM, Ford EW, Harle CA, Huerta TR.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018 Jun;54(6):806-813. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.02.013. Epub 2018 Apr 12. PMID: 29656919.

Opioid-Related Emergency Department Encounters: Patient, Encounter, and Community Characteristics Associated With Repeated Encounters.

Balio CP, Wiley KK Jr, Greene MS, Vest JR.

Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2020 May;75(5):568-575. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.12.005. Epub 2020 Jan 23. PMID: 31983498.

Gonorrhea testing, morbidity, and reporting using an integrated sexually transmitted disease registry in Indiana: 2004-2016.

Ojo OC, Arno JN, Tao G, Patel CG, Zhang Z, Wang J, Holderman J, Dixon BE.

International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2021 Jan;32(1):30-37. doi: 10.1177/0956462420953718. Epub 2020 Sep 30. PMID: 32998639; PMCID: PMC7856065.

The expectational mentorship I'm receiving - not only from my primary mentor but also each faculty member I interact with

Rebecca Rivera, PhD, MPH, CPH

- is helping me grow into a confident, independent research scientist.
-- Dr. Rebecca Rivera

Pre-Doctoral Fellows

Jason Mao Jason Mao

Jason Mao, MS

2021 - Present | Biostatistics and Health Data Sciences

Ope Ojo Ope Ojo

Ope Ojo, MPH

2017 – Present | Epidemiology

Yvette Tran Yvette Tran

Yvette Tran, MS

2020 – Present | Health Policy & Management

Post-Doctoral Trainees

Cristina Barboi Cristina Barboi

Cristina Barboi, MD

Helen Fu Helen Fu

Helen Fu, PhD, RN

Past Trainees

Nate Apathy Nate Apathy

Nate Apathy, PhD

Pre-doctoral Fellow 2017-2020 | Health Policy & Management

Current Position:
Post-doctoral fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Yenling Ho Yenling Ho

Yenling Ho, MPH

Pre-doctoral Fellow 2017–2020 | Epidemiology

Current Position:
Data Scientist, CDC Foundation

Olivia Milgrom Olivia Milgrom

Olivia Migrom, MD

Post-doctoral fellow, 2019-2022

Current position: Biomedical Informaticist, Semedy

Rebecca Rivera, PhD, MPH, CPH Rebecca Rivera, PhD, MPH, CPH

Rebecca Rivera, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow, 2018-2021

Heather Taylor Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor, MPH, LDH

Pre-doctoral fellow, 2017 – 2022 | Health Policy & Management

Current position: Assistant Professor, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Health

Elizabeth Umberfield Elizabeth Umberfield

Elizabeth Umberfield, PhD, BSN, RN

Post-doctoral fellow, 2020–2022

Current position:
Nurse Scientist, Mayo Clinic

Kevin Wiley Kevin Wiley

Kevin Wiley, MPH

Pre-doctoral fellow, 2017–2022 | Health Policy & Management

Current position:
Phyllis Torda Health Care Quality and Equity Fellow, NCQA

Dr. Karmen Williams Dr. Karmen Williams

Karmen Williams, DrPH, MBA, MSPH, MA

Post-doctoral fellow, 2017 – 2019

Current Position:
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
City University of New York

Selected Research Projects

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