Sarah Rhea

Assistant Professor




Sarah Rhea, DVM, MPH, PhD, is an epidemiologist and veterinarian with more than 10 years’ experience in epidemiologic research and applied public health. Dr. Rhea’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and infectious disease outcomes associated with injection drug use. She serves as a Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded Modeling Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Network (MInD-Healthcare), using agent-based models to understand the spread of HAIs and antibiotic resistant infections and assess the potential effects of intervention strategies. In addition, Dr. Rhea is Associate Project Director for a National Institutes of Health-funded project to assess prevention and treatment resources for opioid users in western North Carolina and identify ways to improve capacity for these resources in rural areas. She also provides subject matter expertise in support of projects and initiatives across RTI related to global health security and One Health. Before joining RTI, Dr. Rhea was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and a Preventive Medicine Fellow with CDC.

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Stoner MCD, Angulo FJ, Rhea S, Brown LM, Atwell JE, Nguyen JL, McLaughlin JM, Swerdlow DL, MacDonald PDM. (2022). Estimates of Presumed Population Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 by State in the United States, August 2021. Open forum infectious diseases, 9(2)

Preiss A, Hadley E, Jones K, Stoner MCD, Kery C, Baumgartner P, Bobashev G, Tenenbaum J, Carter C, Clement K, Rhea S. (2022). Incorporation of near-real-time hospital occupancy data to improve hospitalization forecast accuracy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infectious Disease Modelling

Evon DM, Hurt CB, Carpenter DM, Rhea SK, Hennessy CM, Zule WA. (2022). Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers' Knowledge and Opinions Toward Testing and Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in Rural North Carolina. Rural mental health, 46(3)

Jones K, Hadley E, Preiss S, Lofgren ET, Rice DP, Stoner MCD, Rhea S, Adams JW. (2022). Estimate of undetected severe acute respiratory coronavirus virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection in acute-care hospital settings using an individual-based microsimulation model. Infection control and hospital epidemiology

Hadley E, Rhea S, Jones K, Li L, Stoner M, Bobashev G. (2022). Enhancing the prediction of hospitalization from a COVID-19 agent-based model: A Bayesian method for model parameter estimation. PloS one, 17(3)

Endres-Dighe S, Jones K, Hadley E, Preiss A, Kery C, Stoner M, Eversole S, Rhea S. (2021). Lessons learned from the rapid development of a statewide simulation model for predicting COVID-19's impact on healthcare resources and capacity. PloS one, 16(11)

Parry RA, Zule WA, Hurt CB, Evon DM, Rhea SK, Carpenter DM. (2021). Pharmacist attitudes and provision of harm reduction services in North Carolina: an exploratory study. Harm reduction journal, 18(1)

Collins D, Rhea S, Diallo BI, Bah MB, Yattara F, Keleba RG, MacDonald PDM. (2020). Surveillance system assessment in Guinea: Training needed to strengthen data quality and analysis, 2016. PloS one, 15(6)

Rhea S, Jones K, Endres-Dighe S, Munoz B, Weber DJ, Hilscher R, MacFarquhar J, Sickbert-Bennett E, DiBiase L, Marx A, Rineer J, Lewis J, Bobashev G, . (2020). Modeling inpatient and outpatient antibiotic stewardship interventions to reduce the burden of Clostridioides difficile infection in a regional healthcare network. PloS one, 15(6)

Slayton RB, O'Hagan JJ, Barnes S, Rhea S, Hilscher R, Rubin M, Lofgren E, Singh B, Segre A, Paul P. (2020). Modeling Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Network (MInD-Healthcare) Framework for Describing and Reporting Multidrug Resistant Organism and Healthcare-Associated Infections Agent-Based Modeling Methods. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Grimes KEL, Ngoyi BF, Stolka KB, Hemingway-Foday JJ, Lubula L, Mossoko M, Okitandjate A, MacDonald PDM, Nelson A, Rhea S, Ilunga BK. (2020). Contextual, Social and Epidemiological Characteristics of the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Likati Health Zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017. Frontiers in public health, (8)

Rhea S, Hilscher R, Rineer JI, Munoz B, Jones K, Endres-Dighe SM, DiBiase LM, Sickbert-Bennett EE, Weber DJ, MacFarquhar JK, Dubendris H, Bobashev G. Creation of a Geospatially Explicit, Agent-based Model of a Regional Healthcare Network with Application to Clostridioides difficile Infection. Health security, 17(4)

Hurt CB, Carpenter DM, Evon DM, Hennessy CM, Rhea SK, Zule WA. (2020). Mitigating the Risk of Infectious Diseases Among Rural Drug Users in Western North Carolina: Results of the Southern Appalachia Test, Link, Care (SA-TLC) Health Care Provider Survey. The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association, 36(2)

Stolka KB, Ngoyi BF, Grimes KEL, Hemingway-Foday JJ, Lubula L, Nzanzu Magazani A, Bikuku J, Mossoko M, Manya Kitoto L, Mpangi Bashilebo S, Lufwa Maya D, Kebela Ilunga B, Rhea S, MacDonald PDM. Assessing the Surveillance System for Priority Zoonotic Diseases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017. Health security, 16(S1)

Rhea S, Seña AC, Hilton A, Hurt CB, Wohl D, Fleischauer A. (2018). Integrated Hepatitis C Testing and Linkage to Care at a Local Health Department Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic: Determining Essential Resources and Evaluating Outcomes. Sexually transmitted diseases, 45(4)

Zhang HL, Rhea SK, Hurt CB, Mobley VL, Swygard H, Seña AC, McKellar MS. (2018). HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Implementation at Local Health Departments: A Statewide Assessment of Activities and Barriers. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999), 77(1)

Rhea S, Moorman A, Pace R, Mobley V, MacFarquhar J, Robinson E, Hayden T, Thai H, Drobeniuc J, Brooks JT, Moore Z, Patel PR. (2016). Hepatitis B Reverse Seroconversion and Transmission in a Hemodialysis Center: A Public Health Investigation and Case Report. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, 68(2)

Rhea S, Fleischauer A, Foust E, Davies M. Hepatitis C in North Carolina: Two Epidemics With One Public Health Response. North Carolina medical journal, 77(3)

Rhea SK, Cox SW, Moore ZS, Mays ER, Benitez AJ, Diaz MH, Winchell JM, . (2014). Notes from the field: atypical pneumonia in three members of an extended family - South Carolina and north Carolina, july-august 2013. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 63(33)

Rhea SK, Weber DJ, Poole C, Waller AE, Ising AI, Williams C. (2014). Use of statewide emergency department surveillance data to assess incidence of animal bite injuries among humans in North Carolina. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 244(5)

Rhea S, Weber DJ, Poole C, Cairns C. (2014). Risk factors for hospitalization after dog bite injury: a case-cohort study of emergency department visits. Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 21(2)

Rhea S, Ising A, Waller A, Haskell MG, Weber DJ. Using ICD-9-CM E-codes in addition to chief complaint keyword searches for identification of animal bite-related emergency department visits. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 127(6)

Rhea S, Ising A, Fleischauer AT, Deyneka L, Vaughan-Batten H, Waller A. (2012). Using near real-time morbidity data to identify heat-related illness prevention strategies in North Carolina. Journal of community health, 37(2)

Rhea S, Glickman S, Waller A, Williams C, Glickman L. (2011). Association of doxycycline prescriptions and tick-related emergency department visits in North Carolina. Southern medical journal, 104(9)

Rhea SK, Glickman SW, Waller A, Ising A, Maillard JM, Lund EM, Glickman LT. (2011). Evaluation of routinely collected veterinary and human health data for surveillance of human tick-borne diseases in North Carolina. Vector borne and zoonotic diseases (Larchmont, N.Y.), 11(1)

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