Sharla Smith, Ph.D., MPH
Research Assistant Professor
BS, Biology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 2000
MPH, Health Policy and Management, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2004
PhD, Health Systems and Services Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2013
Dr. Sharla Smith completed her PhD in Health Systems and Services Research with a concentration in Health Economics from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013. Sharla is a health services and systems researcher whose primary focus concerns strategies for organizing and financing public health services, infant mortality, program and partnership development, and community health education. She has experience manipulating large datasets and performing descriptive, cross sectional, and longitudinal data analysis using SAS and Stata and conducting social network analysis. In addition, she has over 4 years of experience in clinical research. Sharla is also interested in understanding why some public health systems have better than expected maternal and infant outcomes compared to their peers and how to improve peer-to-peer sharing.
Dr. Smith has experience teaching public health law, introduction to public health, introduction to health policy and politics, and epidemiology. She advises students and has served as a faculty mentor on Master's-level research projects.