Sarah Rhea

Sarah is an epidemiologist with more than 10 years’ experience in epidemiologic research and applied public health. Her research interests include antimicrobial resistance, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and infectious disease outcomes associated with injection drug use. She serves as a Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded Modeling Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Network (MInD-Healthcare), using agent-based models to understand the spread of HAIs and antibiotic resistant infections and assess the potential effects of intervention strategies. In addition, Dr. Rhea is Associate Project Director for a National Institutes of Healthfunded project to assess prevention and treatment resources for opioid users in western North Carolina and identify ways to improve capacity for these resources in rural areas.

“Public health surveillance and applied public health have always been interesting to me, and I enjoy using data analytics to help create insights.”

Areas of Expertise:

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance
  • Epidemiologic Field Investigations and Outbreak Response
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Health Care-Associated Infections



  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • DVM, Purdue University
  • BS, Biology, Purdue University