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Sam Clark

Sam Clark

Sam Clark




Townshend Hall 211
1885 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • African Demography
  • Epidemiology & Health Metrics
  • Mortality & Mortality Models
  • Methods & Data


  • PhD - Demography, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech
  • BS - Biology, Caltech

Sam Clark CV [PDF]

Sam Clark is a demographer, epidemiologist, and data scientist who develops new methods and does research in demography and epidemiology. 

Sam is a professor in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University (OSU) and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Population Research and the Translational Data Analytics Institute, both at OSU. He is affiliated with the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington and the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

During 2020 Sam worked on a survey to estimate the prevalence of the coronavirus and an excess deaths study to characterize the total burden of mortality associated with the COVID-19 epidemic. Both projects were in the state of Ohio, USA and were conducted by large teams at The Ohio State University in close coordination with the Ohio State Department of Health.

On an ongoing basis Sam works to improve: 1) verbal autopsy as a tool to measure the burden of disease, 2) mathematical models of human mortality, 3) indirect estimates of child mortality, and 4) small-area estimates of mortality. Sam also coordinates a small team developing open-source software to implement new methods - mostly for verbal autopsy and mathematical models of human mortality.

Sam leads the openVA Team that works to improve verbal autopsy. He has been a member of the WHO Verbal Autopsy Reference Group (VARG) since it was formed in 2013. Over the past several years he has been an active member of the VARG Task Group coordinating a comprehensive update of the WHO Standard Verbal Autopsy Instrument. The openVA Team develops and maintains tools that support the WHO standard.

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