Health Policy

Caitlin Ward

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Health Policy Research Program


Caitlin is a graduate research assistant with the Health Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health. She will be working with Tessa Heeren, Sato Ashida, and Dan Sewell to determine factors which facilitate or impede connections in care coordination networks. Before joining the Public Policy Center, Caitlin worked for the University of Iowa Center for Public Health Statistics collaborating with the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Harkin Institute, and the Iowa Department of Human Services. Her dissertation focus is infectious disease modeling, particularly creating models that take into account individual-level information and movement patterns. 

Research Interests

  • Infectious Disease Modeling
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Network Analysis

Educational Background

  • PhD, Biostatistics, University of Iowa, anticipated May 2021
  • MS, Biostatistics, University of Iowa
  • BS, Statistics, Iowa State University, minor in Russian Studies