Tara Templin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
1102C McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411


Tara Templin, PhD MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and a Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Dr. Templin is a health economist who studies the causes of population health improvement in resource-constrained settings using a wide range of quantitative tools, from applied microeconometrics to machine learning for causal inference. Dr. Templin's research focuses on the population-level socioeconomic causes and consequences of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and cost-effective public health policies for their prevention and treatment. In previous and continuing projects, Dr. Templin led studies on the economic drivers of nutrition-related chronic illness, how conditional cash transfers may influence obesity and hypertension rates, global health system financing and preparedness for NCDs, and effective treatments for cardiometabolic disease within resource-constrained health systems.

Dr. Templin was previously a National Institute on Aging T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berkeley Population Center and in the Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Data Science Scholar at Stanford Data Science. Prior to Stanford, Dr. Templin was a research fellow at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and worked for the Center for Global Development and Council on Foreign Relations. Templin completed a Ph.D. in Health Policy (Economics) and M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University.


  • B.A., Economics - Mathematics, Special Concentration in Business Management, Columbia University, 2013
  • Master of Science, Statistics, Stanford Univeristy, 2017
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Health Policy / Economics, Stanford University, 2022