Tamar Klaiman PhD, MPH

Tamar Klaiman PhD, MPH

Tamar Klaiman PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health


PhD, Public Health, Temple University

MPH, Public Health, Temple University

BA, International Affairs, The George Washington University

Research Interests

Public Health Systems and Services Research

Quality Improvement

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Positive Deviance


Dr. Klaiman is a public health systems and services researcher. Her research focuses on using a “positive deviance” methodology in which she learns from high performers in the public health system to improve public health practice. Most of her work has focused on emergency preparedness and response; however, she also does research in communicable infectious disease, mental health, and maternal and child health. Dr. Klaiman’s research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pfizer Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Klaiman, T.; Pantazis, A.; Bekemeier, B. (2014). “A Method for Identifying Positive Deviant Local Health Departments in Maternal and Child Health.” Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research. 3(2): Article 5. Available at http://uknowledge.uky.edu/frontiersinphssr/vol3/iss2/5/

Klaiman, T.; Pracilio, V.; Kimberly, L.; Cecil, K.; Legnini, M. (2014). “Leveraging Effective Clinical Registries to Advance Medical Care Quality and Transparency.” Population Health Management. April 17(2): 127-133.

Klaiman, T.; O’Connell, K. & Stoto, M. “Mechanisms for School-Based Vaccination Clinic Success During 2009 pH1N1.” Journal of School Health. In press.

Klaiman, T.; O’Connell, K. & Stoto, M. “Local Health Department Public Vaccination Clinic Success During 2009 pH1N1.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. In press.

Klaiman, T.; Higdon, M.; Galarce, E.; Cecil, K. (2012). “Creating and Testing Messages to Increase Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Participation in Local Health Department Activities.” Journal of Community Health. November 5, 2012. Available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/q51jm356g601l73g/

Klaiman, T.; Kraemer, J.D. & Stoto, M.A. (2011). Variability in school closure decisions in response to 2009 H1N1: a qualitative systems improvement analysis. BMC Public Health. 11(73). http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/73

Finkelstein, S.; Prakash, S; Nigmatulina, K.; Klaiman, T. & Larson, R. (2010) “Pandemic influenza: Non-pharmaceutical interventions and behavioral changes that may save lives.” International Journal of Health Management and Information. 1(1): 1-18.

Klaiman, T., Hausman, A., Knorr, D., Fitzgerald, S., Demarra, P, & Heake, G. (2010) “Locating and communicating with at-risk populations about emergency preparedness: The vulnerable populations outreach model.” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 4: 246-251.

Klaiman, T. & Ibrahim, J. (2010). “State Health Department Structure and Pandemic Planning.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 16(2): e1-e7

Klaiman, T., Ibrahim, J. & Hausman, A. (2009). “Do State Written Pandemic Plans Include Federal Recommendations? A National Study.” Journal of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. 6(1). Available at http://www.bepress.com/jhsem/vol6/iss1/44

Contact Information

Office location: 4101 Woodland Ave., Room 131
Mailing address: Box 22
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.7031
Office Fax: 215.596.7614

t [dot] klaiman [at] usciences [dot] edu