Public Health Law Program,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
Publications and Research
Tara Ramanathan serves as a Public Health Analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program, where she specializes in state and local government law related to emerging public health issues. She also serves as the lead for the program’s Research Initiative and works to develop innovative and rigorous legal epidemiology methods and guides for the field. She has authored numerous publications and white papers with attorneys and public health practitioners, and has given presentations at national conferences related to health care quality, health system transformation, and health information technology.
Ms. Ramanathan is a licensed member of the State Bar of California. She received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Emory International Law Review, and received her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In graduate school, Ms. Ramanathan developed her interest in public health law as a law clerk at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of the General Counsel, the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative, the Health Law Partnership, and as an intern at the International Rescue Committee. Ms. Ramanathan earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, and subsequently served as a Peace Corps Volunteer supporting rural health programs and community development in Senegal, West Africa. Ms. Ramanathan maintains her interest in supporting vulnerable populations through volunteering with health-related legal aid in Atlanta.