Michael A. Stoto, Ph.D.
Michael A. Stoto, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Management and
Policy, School of Health, Georgetown University. He is also an adjunct professor of
biostatistics and Senior Preparedness Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public
Health. A statistician, epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Stoto’s research
includes methodological topics in epidemiology and statistics including systematic
reviews/meta-analysis and other analytical methods for comparative effectiveness research,
community health assessment, evaluation methods, and performance measurement. His
substantive research interests include public health practice, especially with regard to emergency
preparedness; drug and vaccine safety; infectious disease policy; and ethical issues in research
and public health practice.
Dr. Stoto is an expert on population health, public health assessment, and public health systems
research (PHSR). His work has included systems-oriented evaluations of public health
surveillance systems at the local to global level, evaluating community health assessments and
performance measures with state and local health departments, and applying and developing
rigorous mixed-methods approaches to evaluating federal, state, and local public health systems.
Much of Dr. Stoto’s recent PHSR work has focused on public health emergency preparedness,
and he was the co-Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency
Response Research Center based at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Stoto’s work in
this area has focused on regionalization in public health, the evaluation of biosurveillance
methods, and the development of methods for assessing emergency preparedness capabilities
based on exercises and actual events.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stoto’s research has focused on surveillance systems to
guide decision-making, interpretation of test results and policy for testing, and other aspects of
public health practice at the local to global levels. He is currently working with the European
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di
Bologna on the assessment of public health emergency capabilities and capacities during the
COVID-19 pandemic and on the implications monitoring and evaluation methodology for public
health emergency preparedness.