School of Public Health

Baer, Atar

Atar Baer

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2002
MPH Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 1997
BA Psychology, University of California, 1994

Contact Info

Public Health Seattle and King County
Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Program
401 5th Ave, Suite 1250
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-263-8154

Atar Baer is an epidemiologist at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) with the Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Section, where she serves as the coordinator of the county's syndromic surveillance system. She designs and manages automated systems for collecting biosurveillance data; develops databases and tools to support the section's communicable disease surveillance activities; conducts epidemiologic investigations to support disease control and outbreak management; and evaluates the effectiveness of disease surveillance activities. As of 2014, she is the informatics lead for the Hepatitis C Test & Cure project, where she is tasked with establishing electronic lab and clinical reporting for hepatitis C and integrating the data into PHSKC’s local surveillance database. Prior to working at PHSKC, her research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the University of Washington focused on sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and human papillomavirus, as well as evaluation of novel approaches for cervical cancer screening and prevention. Atar holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Research Interests

  • Communicable disease prevention and control
  • Design and evaluation of public health surveillance systems

In The News

More Than Half of Seattle-Area Travelers Lack Pre-Trip Health Advice
UW School of Public Health News, 09/11/2014

Most Travelers Who Fall Ill Lack Pre-Trip Health Advice
HSNewsBeat, 08/06/2014