Huiru Tao is a Research Assistant at the at the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The mission of the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to translate and disseminate this work at community, state and national levels to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.

Huiru provides modeling support on the CHOICES project and data analysis for community-based interventions related to prevention of childhood obesity.

Huiru’s main interest is decision science — especially cost-effectiveness analysis — given her background in economics and public health. Her interests also lie in the application of statistical methods and models to solve real-world problems.

Prior to coming to the HPRC, Huiru worked as a summer data analyst intern at DongFeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle company, where she assisted the digital marketing group by analyzing website data and improved an existing model to predict successful trade rates. Huiru received her Master of Science degree in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, also received training on statistical methods and applications.