Wayne State University
Wassim Tarraf

Wassim Tarraf

Assistant Professor



87 East Ferry Street, Knapp Bldg, Room 240


Wassim Tarraf

Dr. Tarraf is an assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology and in the Department of Healthcare Sciences, and a faculty in the Master's of Public Health program in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University. He is a health services researcher, policy analyst, and gerontologist. Dr. Tarraf’s primary interest is in research on minority aging and racial/ethnic healthcare disparities. His research evaluates disparities in health, health behavior, and healthcare access and use among race/ethnic minorities in the United States, and investigating the social determinants of health and healthcare. He has specific interests in data from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the National Health Interview Survey, the Health and Retirement Study, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (and its three subcomponent surveys), and the Medicare Current Beneficiary Surveys.

Area of Expertise

  • Minority Aging
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services
  • Public Health
  • Statistical Methods


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