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Emily Smith - Baylor University . Waco, TX, US

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology | Baylor University


Expert in epidemiology, public health and health economics





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Emily Smith is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) at Duke University. Her research interests include pediatric global surgery, health economics, and health systems strengthening in low-income countries. Before joining the faculty at Baylor, Dr. Smith was a research scholar at DGHI for two years. Dr. Smith received her PhD in epidemiology from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-CH and an MSPH from the University of South Carolina.

Areas of Expertise (14)


Health Economics

Global surgery

Public Health

Cost-effectiveness research

Health system strengthening

Maternal and child health


Pediatric Surgery

Comparative Effectiveness Research

Health Policy

Global Health



Media Appearances (7)

The church has a role to play in implementing COVID vaccine

Baptist News Global  online


Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology, and Gaynor Yancey, Ph.D., professor of social work and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact, are quoted in this article about the role of the church on matters of public health and safety.

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Your friendly neighbor epidemiologist has an important message for you

Baptist News Global  online


Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology, is featured in this article about COVID-19 data and how faith and spirituality don’t have to conflict with science.

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What is herd immunity and could it help overcome the coronavirus?

KCEN-TV  online


VIDEO: Baylor epidemiologist Emily Smith, Ph.D., discusses COVI-19 and the topic of herd immunity.

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Local epidemiologist talks COVID-19 in kids, vaccine possibility and more

KCEN-TV  online


Baylor epidemiologist Emily Smith, Ph.D., discusses COVI-19, kids and the possibility of a vaccine.

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Local epidemiologist explains key issues with COVID-19

KCEN-TV  online


VIDEO: Emily Smith, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and assistant professor of public health, created a Facebook page – Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist – when the pandemic started to share easy-to-understand information about COVID-19.

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A discussion with epidemiologist Emily R. Smith, PhD.

Good / True / & Beautiful Podcast with Ashton Gustafson  


Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology in Baylor University's department of public health, discusses coronavirus safety tips.

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COVID-19 is no flu, local epidemiologist says

KWTX-TV (Waco)  tv


Baylor Epidemiologist Emily Smith, Ph.D., says new studies coming out are proving COVID-19 is not like the flu. "It is not the flu, it is more contagious than the flu it can spread quicker than the flu and that data is just coming out," Smith said. She says this virus is two times as contagious as the flu, because it's new so people don't have immunity to it and because there is no vaccine.

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