Tito Gezmu

Tefera Gezmu
Assistant Research Professor


B.S. Chemistry, Utah
M.P.H., Ph.D. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–School of Public Health


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 258

Phone (848)932-2756

Fax (732) 932-6564

E-mail: gezmu@rutgers.edu



Teaching and research interests

  • Public health practice, program implementation and evaluation
  • Role of race/ethnicity and immigration on the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases, particularly stroke
  • Determinants of health care inequities and factors related to health care disparities among minority populations



  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods
  • Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Ethnicity & Diseases
  • International Public Health




Dr. Tefera Gezmu is an Epidemiologist at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (PhD), a Masters of Public Health (MPH) as well as a couple of undergraduate degrees in Chemistry/Biochemistry and Mathematics. He completed his doctoral training in epidemiology at Rutgers-School of Public health where his research focused on measures of health inequalities based on registry data analysis, particularly concentrating on racial/ethnic as well as gender variations in risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; particularly on stroke risk factors, treatment and outcome in a multiethnic cohort within New Jersey. His current projects include the evaluation of several state health department run programs related to maternal child health/pregnancy outcomes, and mental health issues associated with disasters like superstorms. He also conducts research on (1) assessing variation in population health focusing on rapidly growing racial/ethnic minorities in the US, (2) interdisciplinary research aimed at risk-reduction and prevention of cardiovascular diseases from a population-based perspective; and (3) investigating global public health issues from the context of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; as well as examining the intersection between culture and health/public policy and the role culture plays in human health and behavior. Additionally, he collaborates with physicians from the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at the John F. Kennedy medical center examining state level hospital certification programs in stroke care and quality of care measures as determined by the Brain Attack Coalition. Additionally, he is involved in several studies focusing on disparity and health inequity studies. He was recently chosen to be a member of a Working Group in the Northeast Cerebrovascular Disease Consortium (NECC).


Dr. Gezmu has also worked on several different human health issues including the implementation and evaluation of a public health program that aimed to reduce the transmission of blood borne pathogens (HIV and Hepatitis C) among intravenous drug users (IDUs) and commercial sex workers within New Jersey and the surrounding areas. In addition to his research, Dr. Gezmu teaches the introductory epidemiology course at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and has also taught courses on research methods in public health, emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases, and culture & health at Rutgers University. He has working and applied research experience in Global Public Health and the emergence/re-emergence of infectious diseases. He has helped establish international service learning and study abroad Global Public Health programs in countries like Nicaragua, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.


Dr. Gezmu has served as a consultant and board member for not-for-profit organizations. He also served as the President of the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA) in 2013 and currently serves the organizations’ immediate past president. He is a member of the Governing Council for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).