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Jason Salemi, PhD, MPH

Jason Salemi, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Contact Info

  • 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa FL 33612
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  • Academic Phone: 8139749449
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  • PhD, Public Health, University of South Florida, 2014
  • MPH, Public Health, University of South Florida, 2005
  • BS, Biology, University of South Florida, 2000


Dr. Salemi is a proud Tampeño and an accomplished triple alumnus of the University of South Florida (USF), having earned his BSc in Biology/Pre-Med Sciences in 2000, his MPH in 2005, and his PhD in Epidemiology in 2014, with concentrations in Biostatistics and Applied Biostatistics. After completing his doctoral studies, he joined Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX, as a tenure-earning Assistant Professor. During his tenure at BCM, Dr. Salemi served as Director of Analytics for the Center for Primary Care and Population Health Research (2015), Assistant Director of a HRSA-funded Postdoctoral Primary Care Research Fellowship (2015), and Clinical Research Trainer for BCM’s Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research (2017). In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Salemi returned to USF in 2020, where he continues to build productive relationships with colleagues in the College of Public Health and the Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Salemi is a nationally recognized expert in birth defects surveillance methodology, evaluation, and research, and has worked on and led numerous state- and federally-funded grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. He has a versatile proficiency in epidemiological methodology, database development, as well as data linkage, management, and analysis. Dr. Salemi has held leadership positions in national committees, including his roles as Chair of the Data Committee and Surveillance Guidelines and Standards Committee for the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), and his past tenure as the NBDPN President in 2018. In recognition of his outstanding research achievements, Dr. Salemi was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology in 2021 and awarded the Outstanding Research Achievement Award at USF in 2022. He has authored over 180 peer-reviewed papers, as well as numerous abstracts and conference talks. He currently serves as concentration lead for the PhD program in epidemiology and as President of the Faculty Assembly at the College of Public Health. Dr. Salemi is passionate about education, mentoring, and advising students and junior faculty. He currently teaches epidemiology methods courses and computer applications for public health researchers and serves as the faculty advisor for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Association (EBSA). Dr. Salemi is also committed to serving his community. In May 2020, he created a statewide, interactive dashboard to track COVID-19 in Florida, which has gained national attention and continues to be a vital resource for researchers, data scientists, advocacy groups, county commissioners, and citizens throughout the state. Dr. Salemi has been featured in hundreds of local, national, and international media stories (print, TV, radio, podcasts) for his expertise on the importance of complete, accurate, and timely data on COVID-19 and its impact on the population.

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Women & Children's Health

Recent Publications

  • Salemi JL, Comins MM, Chandler K, Mogos MF, Salihu HM. A practical approach for calculating reliable cost estimates from observational data: application to cost analyses in maternal and child health. Applied health economics and health policy. 11(4) : 343-57, 2013.
  • Salinas-Miranda AA, Nash MC, Salemi JL, Mbah AK, Salihu HM. Cutting-edge technology for public health workforce training in comparative effectiveness research. Health informatics journal. 19(2) : 101-15, 2013.
  • Salemi JL, Tanner JP, Bailey M, Mbah AK, Salihu HM. Creation and Evaluation of a Multi-layered Maternal and Child Health Database for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Journal of registry management. 40(1) : 14-28, 2013.
  • Salihu HM, August EM, Salemi JL, Weldeselasse H, Sarro YS, Alio AP. The association between female genital mutilation and intimate partner violence. BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology. 119(13) : 1597-605, 2012.
  • Salihu HM, Connell L, Salemi JL, August EM, Weldeselasse HE, Alio AP. Prevalence and temporal trends of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS co-infection during pregnancy across the decade, 1998-2007. Journal of women''s health (2002). 21(1) : 66-72, 2012.
  • Connell LE, Salihu HM, Salemi JL, August EM, Weldeselasse H, Mbah AK. Maternal hepatitis B and hepatitis C carrier status and perinatal outcomes. Liver international : official journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver. 31(8) : 1163-70, 2011.
  • Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Ethen MK, Fixler DE, Dimaggio A, Canfield MA. Racial/Ethnic disparities in risk of early childhood mortality among children with congenital heart defects. Pediatrics. 127(5) : e1128-38, 2011.
  • Salemi JL, Tanner JP, Block S, Bailey M, Correia JA, Watkins SM, Kirby RS. The relative contribution of data sources to a birth defects registry utilizing passive multisource ascertainment methods: does a smaller birth defects case ascertainment net lead to overall or disproportionate loss? Journal of registry management. 38(1) : 30-8, 2011.
  • Tanner JP, Salemi JL, Hauser KW, Correia JA, Watkins SM, Kirby RS. Birth defects surveillance in Florida: infant death certificates as a case ascertainment source. Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology. 88(12) : 1017-22, 2010.
  • Gilboa SM, Salemi JL, Nembhard WN, Fixler DE, Correa A. Mortality resulting from congenital heart disease among children and adults in the United States, 1999 to 2006. Circulation. 122(22) : 2254-63, 2010.
  • Siegel EM, Salemi JL, Villa LL, Ferenczy A, Franco EL, Giuliano AR. Dietary consumption of antioxidant nutrients and risk of incident cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Gynecologic oncology. 118(3) : 289-94, 2010.
  • Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Ethen MK, Fixler DE, Canfield MA. Mortality among infants with birth defects: Joint effects of size at birth, gestational age, and maternal race/ethnicity. Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology. 88(9) : 728-36, 2010.
  • Siegel EM, Salemi JL, Craft NE, Villa LL, Ferenczy AS, Franco EL, Giuliano AR. No association between endogenous retinoic acid and human papillomavirus clearance or incident cervical lesions in Brazilian women. Cancer prevention research (Philadelphia, Pa.). 3(8) : 1007-14, 2010.
  • Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Wang T, Loscalzo ML, Hauser KW. Is the prevalence of specific types of congenital heart defects different for non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black and Hispanic infants? Maternal and child health journal. 14(2) : 184-93, 2010.
  • Nembhard WN, Wang T, Loscalzo ML, Salemi JL. Variation in the prevalence of congenital heart defects by maternal race/ethnicity and infant sex. The Journal of pediatrics. 156(2) : 259-64, 2010.
  • Fixler DE, Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Ethen MK, Canfield MA. Mortality in first 5 years in infants with functional single ventricle born in Texas, 1996 to 2003. Circulation. 121(5) : 644-50, 2010.
  • Salemi JL, Hauser KW, Tanner JP, Sampat D, Correia JA, Watkins SM, Kirby RS. Developing a database management system to support birth defects surveillance in Florida. Journal of registry management. 37(1) : 10-5; quiz 38-9, 2010.
  • Salemi JL, Pierre M, Tanner JP, Kornosky JL, Hauser KW, Kirby RS, Carver JD. Maternal nativity as a risk factor for gastroschisis: a population-based study. Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology. 85(11) : 890-6, 2009.
  • Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Loscalzo ML, Wang T, Hauser KW. Are black and Hispanic infants with specific congenital heart defects at increased risk of preterm birth? Pediatric cardiology. 30(6) : 800-9, 2009.
  • Nielson CM, Schiaffino MK, Dunne EF, Salemi JL, Giuliano AR. Associations between male anogenital human papillomavirus infection and circumcision by anatomic site sampled and lifetime number of female sex partners. The Journal of infectious diseases. 199(1) : 7-13, 2009.
  • Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Hauser KW, Kornosky JL. Are there ethnic disparities in risk of preterm birth among infants born with congenital heart defects? Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology. 79(11) : 754-64, 2007.
  • Zesiewicz TA, Ward CL, Hauser RA, Salemi JL, Siraj S, Wilson MC, Sullivan KL. A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pregabalin (Lyrica) in the treatment of essential tremor. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 22(11) : 1660-3, 2007.
  • Salemi JL, Tanner JP, Kennedy S, Block S, Bailey M, Correia JA, Watkins SM, Kirby RS. A comparison of two surveillance strategies for selected birth defects in Florida. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974). 127(4) : 391-400