Zach Ward is a programmer/analyst at the Center for Health Decision Science (CHDS) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Mr. Ward is the primary model developer/programmer for the CHOICES microsimulation model. His research with CHOICES has included forecasting growth trajectories for children in the United States, as well as correcting state prevalence of adult obesity for self-report bias.

With a background in computer science and epidemiology, he has worked with various community-based NGOs in Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda developing health information systems and management tools. Since joining the CHDS, Mr. Ward has been developing microsimulation models to explore the cost-effectiveness of strategies to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, gastric cancer, and childhood obesity.

Mr. Ward is a Ph.D. candidate in the Health Policy Program at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree in Global Health Management from Seattle Pacific University and his Masters of Public Health from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Paris, with a concentration in Epidemiology.