Zach Ward

Zach Ward, MPH, PhD

Associate Director, Research
Research Scientist, Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard University

Dr Ward is the Associate Director of Research and is a decision scientist with research interests in computational science and global health. His research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet Oncology, and Health Affairs. He is also the author of Amua, an open source modeling framework and probabilistic programming language.

Zach is a Research Scientist at the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Health Policy at Harvard University in 2021, with a concentration in Decision Sciences and a secondary field in Computational Science and Engineering. He received his undergraduate degree in Global Health Management from Seattle Pacific University and his Masters of Public Health from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Paris, with a concentration in Epidemiology.

Originally from Kenya, Zach has worked with various community-based NGOs in Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda, creating health information systems and management tools. At Harvard he has developed microsimulation models focused on various topics, including childhood obesity, childhood cancer, and maternal mortality.