Informatics Research Seminar: Integrative Use of Health Information for Informed Decision Making for Health Policy

February 27 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Dohyeong Kim, PhD
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Malaria is a major global health issue in the tropical world with millions of cases every year. While there has been progress in its control, the re-emergence of insecticide resistance is a major threat to the sustainability of programs for controlling malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.  Additional research into insecticide resistance, the environmental and health damages from insecticide use, and alternative methods of mosquito control can thus be valuable to decision makers. MDAST (Malaria Decision Analysis Support Tool) is a model-based but practical decision support tool designed to facilitate evidence-based and multi-sectoral malaria control policy decisions. MDAST provides a platform for decision-makers to enter information about the malaria control situation in their country, to combine this with peer-reviewed scientific research, and to estimate the potential health, social, and environmental impacts of proposed malaria control policies. In this presentation, he will demonstrate use of tool Analytica to take large amounts of data and predict key malaria policy outcomes to inform malaria control decisions in Africa.


Dohyeong Kim, PhD is an associate professor of public administration and health policy at North Carolina Central University. He received his PhD in international health planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked on several national and international health projects in collaboration with many researchers at Duke University. His current research interests focus on spatial and decision analysis for various health and environmental policies.