Elena Savoia, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician specialized in preventive medicine, public health and quantitative methods; her area of expertise is in public health emergency preparedness systems research and evaluation. She joined the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Preparedness Program in 2004.
During the past 13 years, her research interests have focused on the application of measurement methods to assess public health and healthcare system preparedness levels. Dr. Savoia provided technical assistance to international, national, state and local agencies to identify training needs, assess capacity gaps, measure performance during tabletop and functional exercises and identify lessons learned in the response to real events. She has conducted studies at the population and system level interviewing and surveying the general public as well as public officials during infectious disease outbreaks, chemical incidents and counter-terrorism initiatives.
Dr. Savoia’s portfolio includes projects sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), World Health Organization (WHO) and an active collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC). She is currently the deputy director of the Emergency Preparedness Research and Evaluation and Practice Program (EPREP) and has committed her career to the study of emergency preparedness.
M.P.H. 2004 Harvard School of Public Health*
M.D. 1999 Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna