Assistant Professor

Department of Health Promotion, Social, & Behavioral Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary 

  • June 2011-present   Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, UNMC
  • Jan 2010-June 2011  Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Computational Biology& Bioinformatics, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Aug 2010-Jan 2011  Lecturer, Information Risk & Operations Management Department, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin 
  • Aug 2007-Jan 2010  Research Associate, Decision Theater, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
  • Aug 2006-Aug 2007  Teaching Assistant, Industrial Engineering Department, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ


  • PhD  Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, Dec. 2009
  • MS   Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Aug. 2006
  • BS    Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, June 2005

Research Interests

  • Dr. Araz’s research interests are in complex systems thinking, modeling and simulation, operations management in health care, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Brittin J., Araz O.M., Nam Y., Huang T. A system dynamics model to simulate chronic disease trends and sustainable interventions in an urban community. In Press (June 2014). Journal of Simulation
  • Araz O.M., Bentley D., Muelleman R. Using Google Flu Trends data in forecasting influenza-like-illness related emergency department visits in Omaha, Nebraska. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. In Press (2014).
  • Stimpson J.P., Wilson F.A., Araz O.M., Pagan J.A. Share of mass transit miles traveled and reduced motor vehicle fatalities in major cities of the United States.  Journal of Urban Health. In Press (2014).
  • L. Frerichs, Araz O.M., T. Huang. Modeling social transmission dynamics of unhealthy behaviors for evaluating prevention and treatment intervention on childhood obesity. PLOS One (2013), 8 (12): e82887.
  • Araz O.M. Integrating complex system dynamics of pandemic influenza with a multi-criteria decision making model for evaluating public health strategies. Journal of System Sciences and System Engineering (2013) 22 (3), 319-339.
  • Araz O.M., Lant T., Jehn M., Fowler J.W. Simulation modeling for pandemic decision making: a case study with bi-criteria analysis on school closures. Decision Support Systems (2013) 55 (2), 564-575.
  • Araz O.M., Jehn M. Improving public health preparedness through enhanced decision-making environments: a survey based evaluation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2013) 80, 9, 1775-1781.
  • Araz O. M., Galvani A., Meyers L.A. Geographic Prioritization of Distributing Pandemic Influenza Vaccines. Healthcare Management Science (2012), 15 (3): 175-187.
  • Araz O.M., Damien P., Paltiel D., Burke S., van de Geijn B., Galvani A., Meyers L.A.  Simulating school closure policies for cost effective pandemic decision making. BMC Public Health 2012, 12(1):449.
  • Araz O.M., Jehn M., Lant T., Fowler J.W. A new method of exercising pandemic preparedness through an interactive simulation and visualization. Journal of Medical Systems (2012) 36: 1475-1483.
  • Rastogi A., Fowler J.W., Carlyle W.M., Araz O. M., Meltz A., Buke B. Supply network capacity planning for semiconductor manufacturing with uncertain demand and correlation in demand considerations. International Journal of Production Economics (2011) Vol. 134, Issue 2, 322-332.
  • Araz O.M., Lant T., Fowler J.W., Jehn M. A simulation model for policy decision analysis: a case of influenza pandemic on a university campus. Journal of Simulation (2011) 5: 89-100.
  • Minimizing service times in a public health emergency: a location allocation model (with J. Fowler, T. Lant).  Proceedings of Industrial Engineering Research Conference, 2011 Reno, Nevada.
  • A pandemic influenza simulation model for decision making (with Fowler J.W., Lant T., Jehn M.). Proceedings of Winter Simulation Conference, Austin 2009. 
  • Simulating pandemic influenza preparedness plan for a public university campus: System Dynamics Approach. (with Lant T., Fowler J.W.). Proceedings of Winter Simulation Conference, Miami 2008.
  • Two-stage stochastic programming for workforce agility with cross training of workers (with John Fowler). Proceedings of Industrial Engineering Research Conference, 2008 Vancouver, Canada.


Professional Affiliations

  • INFORMS, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences- Member
  • Omega Rho, The Honor Society of INFORMS- Member
  • American Public Health Association- Member
  • System Dynamics Society- Member


contact Ozgur Araz
Ozgur Araz, PhD, College of Public Health at UNMC

984365 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4365
Phone: 402-559-5907