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Ferdows, Nasim

Assistant Professor

Nasim B. Ferdows, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-8001, x43517

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 N.E. 13th Street, Room 359

Oklahoma City, OK 73104



Dr. Ferdows is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Administration and Policy at the Hudson College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). She is a Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, and a Gerontologist.  Prior to joining OUHSC she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California (USC), a RCMAR Scientist at Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, a research fellow at the Center for Hispanic Health at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, and a T32-postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University.

Her research resides at the intersection of economics, gerontology, and health services research—the intersection of methodology and policy. With a background in mathematics and economics, she possesses a wide range of analytical skills that encompass economics theories—such as quasi-experimental methods—to answer policy-relevant questions in health economics.



  • PhD, Economics, Wayne State University, 2016
  • MA, Economics, Yazd University, 2009
  • BS, Mathematics, Iran University of Science & Technology, 2006



  • Assistant Professor, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2020–present
  • RCMAR Fellow, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, University of Southern California, 2019–2020
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Edward Roybal Institute on Aging, University of Southern California, 2019–2020
  • Research Fellow, Center for Hispanic Health, Adventist Health White Memorial, 2019–2020
  • AHRQ/NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Brown University, 2016–2018


  • HAP 5643 Quantitative Methods in Health Administration
  • HAP 7103 Managerial Epidemiology
  • HAP 6960 Directed Reading


Personal Website:  

Research Interest:

  • Health Disparities
  • Access to Healthcare Services
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Population Health

Current Major Research Projects:

  • Racial/ethnic differences in risk and protective factors of dementia
  • Rural-urban differences in access to care and disparities in health outcomes
  • The association between the supply of healthcare workforce and health outcomes
  • Cross-national comparison of determinants of dementia
  • Covid-19 pandemic and disruption in post-acute care discharges


Link to Dr. Ferdows's current publications

Link to Dr. Ferdows's Google Scholar page

Select publications:

  1. Rivera-Hernandez, Kumar, A., Ferdows, N.B., Chou, L., Keeney, T., Ferdows, N.B, Karmarkar, A., Ottenbacher K. (2021) Medicare Healthcare Utilization and Cost among High-need and Frail Mexican Americans, PLOS One, in press.
  2. Rivera-Hernandez, M., Matos-Moreno, A., Ferdows, N.B., Kumar, A. (2021) Posthospital Nursing Home Utilization and Quality Indicators Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Puerto Rico: Comparison With the United States, JAMDA,
  3. Rivera-Hernandez, M., Ferdows, N.B., Kumar, A. (2020) The Impact of the Covid-19 Epidemic on Older Adults in Rural and Urban Areas in Mexico, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B,
  4. Ferdows, N.B., Aranda, M., Baldwin, J., Ahluwalia, J.S., Baghban, S., Kumar, A. (2020) Assessment of Racial Disparities in Mortality in US Rural and Urban Areas from 1968 to 2016, JAMA network open, doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.12241.
  5. Kosar, C., Loomer, L., Ferdows, N.B., Panagiotou, O., Trivedi, A., Rahman, M. (2020). Rural-Urban differences in Postacute Care Utilization and Outcomes, JAMA network open, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.18738.