Tabassum Insaf

Tabassum Insaf, PhD, MPH, MBBS

Environmental and chronic disease epidemiology; small area surveillance; longitudinal and multilevel methods; spatial epidemiology; geographic information systems.

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Tabassum Insaf, PhD, MPH, MBBS
Assistant Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Scientist, NYSDOH
Corning Tower Room 1203



2012: PhD, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, State University of New York, Albany.

2003: MPH, Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

1998: MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India

Research Interests

Environmental and chronic disease epidemiology, small area surveillance, health care access and health disparities research, longitudinal and multilevel methods, spatial epidemiology, geographic information systems.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

Principles of Basic Statistical Inference (Epi 551)
Principles of Epidemiology (Epi 501)
Principles of Public Health (Epi 503)

Guest lecturer in:

Geographic Information Systems and Public Health (Epi 621)
Topics in Epidemiologic methods (Epi 601)
Quantitative methods in Epidemiology (Epi 612)


  • Weber SA, Insaf TZ, Hall ES, Talbot TO, Huff AK. Use of Air Pollution Monitor Data, Hierarchical Bayesian Model Estimates, and Aerosol Optical Depth Data to Assess the Impact of PM2.5 Sources on Respiratory-Cardiovascular Chronic Diseases. Environmental Research Volume 151, November 2016, Pages 399–409; DOI:
  • Insaf TZ, Talbot T. Use of Spatial Epidemiology in Identifying Areas at Risk of Low Birth Weight: Small Area Surveillance Study. Preventive Medicine, July 2016, Pages 108–114; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.03.019.
  • Gogia P, Insaf TZ, Zoumot Z, Baotau A, McNulty W, Shah PL. EndoBronchial Ultrasound : Morphological predictors of benign disease. European Respiratory Journal Open Research: Jan 20, 2016 2: 00053-2015; DOI: 10.1183/23120541.00053-2015.
  • Insaf TZ, Shaw BA, Yucel R, Chasan-Taber L, Strogatz D. Lifecourse Socioeconomic Position and 16 Year Body Mass Index Trajectories: Differences by Race and Sex. Preventive Medicine 2014 67(October):17-23; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.06.024
  • Insaf TZ, Strogatz D, Yucel R, Chasan-Taber L, Shaw BA. Lifecourse Socioeconomic Position, Race and Prevalence of Diabetes among US Women and Men. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2014;68(318-325 DOI:10.1136/jech-2013-202585
  • Insaf TZ, Lin S, Sheridan S. Climate Trends in Indices for Temperature and Precipitation across New York State, 1948-2008. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health 2013; 6(1):247-257.
  • Lin S, Insaf TZ, Luo M. The Effects of Ambient Temperature Variation on Respiratory Hospitalizations in Summer, New York State. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2012; 18(3):188-97.
  • Insaf TZ, Fortner RT, Pekow P, Dole N, Markenson G, Chasan-Taber L. Prenatal Stress, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms as Predictors of Intention to Breastfeed among Hispanic Women. Journal of Women’s Health, 2011; 20(8):1183-92.
  • Insaf TZ, Jurkowski JM, Alomar L. Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing Delay in Seeking Routine Health Care among Latinas: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study. Ethnicity and Disease 2010; 20(2):148-54.
  • Ata A, Elzey JD, Insaf TZ, Grau AM, Stain SC, Ahmed NU. Colorectal cancer prevention: Adherence patterns and correlates of tests done for screening purposes within US populations. Cancer Detection and Prevention 2006; 30(2):134-143.