Alula Hadgu, Dr.Ph.

Alula Hadgu, Dr.Ph. 

Associate Professor

Community Health & Preventive Medicine

Location: MRC-F-S09
Phone: 404-756-5215


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, N.C.:
Degree: DrPh
Major (biostatistics) minor (epidemiology)
Doctoral Dissertation: "Repeated Measures Data Analysis with Non-normal Outcomes
Dissertation Director: Dr. Gary Koch

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Degree: MA in Statistics

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada: BSc in Mathematics (Cum Laude)-1977

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of STDs and Reproductive Health
  • Epidemiology of CVDs
  • Statistical Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests
  • Repeated Measures Methodology
  • Categorical Data Analysis


  • Schiller, I., Smeden, M., Hadgu, A. et al. (2016). Bias due to composite reference standards. Statistics in Medicine.
  • Hadgu, A, Dendukuri N, Wang L (2012). Evaluation of screening tests for detecting Chlamydia trachomatis: bias associated with the patient-infected-status algorithm. Epidemiology. (23)1:72-82.
  • Hadgu, A., Qu., (1998).  A biomedical application of latent class models with random effects. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C Vol. 47, Part 4, pp. 603-616).          
  • Hadgu, A., (1996).  The discrepancy in discrepant analysis.  Lancet:  348:592- 93. 
  • Hadgu, A. (1999).  Discrepant Analysis: A Biased and an Unscientific Method for Estimating Test Sensitivity and Specificity. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Vol.52, No. 12,1231-1237
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Honors and Awards

  • CDC’s Charles C. Shepard Science Award – Winner (Study Design and Data Methods Category) (2012) – this is considered the most prestigious scientific annual award. This award is presented to the best manuscript on original research published by a CDC or ATSDR scientist in a reputable, peer-reviewed journal.
  • CDC/ATSDR Statistical Science Award – Winner of the Best Theoretical Paper by a CDC Statistician (2012)
  • CDC/ATSDR Statistical Science Award – Winner of the Best Theoretical Paper by a CDC Statistician (2010)
  • Centers for Disease Control Performance Award: (1997 – 2011)
  • CDC Distinguished Consultant/Fellows Appointment: In 2000 my Civil Service appointment was converted to the United States Government Distinguished Fellowship Appointment. The Distinguished Fellows program is reserved for persons “recognized as national or international experts in their fields and is recognition as one of CDC’s top scientists”.
  • CDC/ATSDR Statistical Science Award--Second best statistical paper (in the applied category) published by a CDC statistician 1999, 1998, 1997, 1991, and 1986.
  • CDC/ATSDR Statistical Science Award--Second best paper (in the theoretical category) 1997 and 1988.
  • Charles C. Shepard Science Award - Finalist (1997)