Lawyer Detail

Tara Ramanathan

Tara Ramanathan

Public Health Analyst

Public Health Law Program,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4770 Buford Highway NE
MS E-70
Atlanta, GA 30341


Areas of Expertise

  • Health care quality
  • Health systems transformation

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



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.



  • Promoting Healthcare Quality: Healthcare Associated Infection Laws – Public Health Law Program and American Bar Association Health System Transformation webinar series. April 20, 2015. 
  • Fifty-State Assessment on Electronic Health Information: Conceptualizing Multidimensional DatasetsPublic Health Law Research Annual Meeting. January 15, 2015. 
  • Patient Safety and Public Health Law –American Health Lawyers Association roundtable series on Shifting Paradigms: Medical Ethics, Public Health Ethics, and the Law. December 16, 2014. 
  • The Role of Public Health Law at CDC: Current Perspectives & Looking Forward – American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting. November 17, 2014.  
  • Public Health Law Program: Current Perspectives on Policy Surveillance at CDC – Public Health Law Conference. October 16, 2014.