Saba Qasmieh

Saba Qasmieh

Research Scientist

Saba is a Research Scientist at the ISPH. She comes with both domestic and international public health experience in infectious diseases. She is currently working under WHO’s Health Emergencies Division in the Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila. She provides technical assistance to Member States in strengthening their influenza surveillance systems and in conducting influenza severity assessments for risk communication and response. She also coordinates efforts that strengthen countries’ vaccination deployment plans as part of their pandemic preparedness strategies.

Saba was formerly a CDC/Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow working under the Global Health Security Agenda in Vietnam. She provided programmatic support to surveillance strengthening and workforce development activities. She worked closely with their Ministry of Health in developing their first national hepatitis sero-prevalence survey. She previously interned with USAID where she focused on M&E of HIV care and treatment service deliveries. She also worked in the HIV unit at the DC Department of Health analyzing HIV outcomes of a population-based cohort to assess the impact of programmatic interventions in the district. Saba’s areas of interest include ascertaining infectious disease burden in resource-limited settings and utilizing data-driven approaches to optimize surveillance and monitoring systems for strengthening disease control strategies.

Saba earned a BA in Psychology from Temple University, a post-baccalaureate in Pre-Health Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her MPH in Epidemiology from George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy under the mentorship of Dr. Nash.