Rima Tawk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Health Policy and Management
LOCATION: 203E Frederick S. Humphries Science Research Center
EMAIL: rima.tawk@famu.edu
PHONE: (850) 412-5122
CV: Link to CV
I have a broad background in health services research with specific training in health outcomes research. I have experience working in a healthcare environment, pharmaceutical industry, and academic institutions. My research focuses on improving patient quality of life by informing decision making in health care at the individual and policy levels. I possess a solid foundation in epidemiological approaches to the delivery of health care services. My dissertation work converged around a core area of interest: understanding why patients fail to comply with treatment and leave the hospital against medical advice (AMA). The focus of my fellowship experience has been on evaluating economic, humanistic, and clinical outcomes of drug therapy in several therapeutic areas. During my fellowship, I was also involved in assisting in the development of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) strategies and tactics to demonstrate the value-proposition of products. I have also worked collaboratively with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment of strategies that would support the products value and differentiation. My research experience grounded me in the analysis of complex datasets. Furthermore, I have training in underserved minority health services research through my work with the Chicago Department of Public health for the State of Illinois. I assisted in designing an evidence based chronic disease program that facilitated the planning process within the Chicago Department of Public Health and provided a platform of interventions to reduce the racial/ethnic disparities in chronic illness upon Chicagoans. My research spans several dimensions of public health problems ranging from cancer health outcomes among the underserved, health disparities, mental health, treatment compliance, adolescent health, and health-related quality of life. Other areas of research interests include patient safety, quality of care, and patient-physician decision making. I integrate my educational, training, research, and work experience to inform my teaching, advising, and mentoring students. Finally, to be part of the intellectual home of the Institute of Public Health that has made and continues to make a difference in the lives of the voiceless and the underserved is a very stimulating prospect for me.


Areas of Expertise:

Quantitative research methods

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Survival Analysis
  • Analysis of complex datasets
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS)
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
  • Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS)
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Research Interest
  • My research interests integrate health disparities, health outcomes in cancer research, access to care, treatment compliance, mental health, adolescent health, patient reported outcomes (PRO) research, and health related quality of life. Other areas of research interests include patient safety, quality of care, and patient-physician decision making.

Selective Publications
  • Schales, J.T. Kiros, G.E., Close, F.T., Tawk, R. (2019). Cultural Competency-Related Content among Florida Colleges of Pharmacy Curricula. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 3(2), em0028. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejeph/5867

  • Ali, A., Tawk, R., Xiao, H., Campbell, E., Semykina, A, Montero,A.J., Diaby, V. Comparative Effectiveness of Radiotherapy for Early-Stage Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer in Elderly Women Using Real-World Data (2019). Cancer Medicine, 8(1):117-127.

  • Ashford, A., Walls, J.L., Brown, C.P. and Tawk, R. (2017). Role of Insurance Coverage on Diabetes Preventive Care. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 1(1), 02. doi: 10.20897/ejeph.201702.

  • Ali, A., Xiao, H., Tawk, R., Campbell, E., Semykina, A, Montero,A.J., Diaby, V. (2016). Comparison of health utility weights among elderly patients receiving breast-conserving surgery plus hormonal therapy with or without radiotherapy. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 8: 1-13.

  • Evans, D. & Tawk, R. (2016). The Relation between Substance Abuse and Suicide among Adolescents. Florida Public health review, 13:55-63.

  • Moton, B. & Tawk, R. (2016). The Relation between Sexual Health Education and Sexual Health Risk Behaviors among Teens in Florida. Florida Public health review,13:1-5.

  • Crawford, S., Awé C. ,Tawk, R., and Pickard,S. (2016). A Cross Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Pharmacy Student Perceptions of Readiness to Serve Diverse Populations. Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 80, # 4, Article 62.

  • Tawk R, & Dutton M. (2015). Racial Differences in Length of Stays among Patients who Leave Against Medical Advice (AMA) from US General Hospitals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010095

  • Tawk R., Abner, A., Ashford, A., Brown, C.P. (2015). Differences in Colorectal Cancer Outcomes By Race and Insurance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010048

  • Diaby V, Tawk R, Sanogo V, Xiao H, Montero AJ (2015). A review of Systematic reviews of the cost-effectiveness of hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research Treatment, 151(1):27-40. doi: 10.1007/s10549-015-3383-6.

  • Pickard,S.,Tawk, R., and Shaw, J.W. (2013). The Effect of Chronic Conditions on Stated Preferences for Health. European Journal of Health Economics 14(4): 697-702.

  • Tawk, R., Freels, S., and Mullner, R (2013). Associations of Mental, and Medical illnesses with Against Medical Advice discharges: The National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1988-2006. Journal of Administration and Policy in Mental Health 40(2):124-32.