Eva Enns PhD » Faculty – Division of Health Policy & Management

Research Interests:Health policy modeling; disease transmission network structures and dynamics; social networks and health.

Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management

Address Division of Health Policy & Management 420 Delaware Street SE, 15-228 PWB MMC 729 Minneapolis MN 55455 United States Work Phone: 612-626-4581
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Dr. Enns received her PhD in engineering from Stanford University in 2012. Her interests are in developing mathematical models and methods for health policy applications to help quantify tradeoffs, identify the most efficient use of limited resources, and support informed decision-making. She is particularly interested in applying mathematical modeling to evaluate and optimize policies in the management of infectious diseases including HIV, chlamydia, and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. She also collaborates with faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine on modeling infectious diseases in agricultural and wildlife systems. Her dissertation focused on the influences of network structure on infectious disease spread and methods for leveraging network structure in designing optimal disease control policies, which continues to be an area of research interest. She is currently supported by an NIH Career Development Award (K25) to model the impact of sub-optimal retention in care on the health of people living with HIV and their communities.

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2008
  • BSc, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006


Decision Analysis, Infectious Disease: HIV / AIDS, Infectious Disease: STDs


  • Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2013
  • Society for Medical Decision Making Lee B. Lusted Student Prize in Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Developments, 2012
  • Society for Medical Decision Making Best Short Course Award, 2011
  • Society for Medical Decision Making Best Short Course Award, 2010
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2006
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2006
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship, 2006

Selected Publications:

  • Enns EA, Reilly CS, Virnig BA, Baker K, Vogenthaler N, Henry K. Potential impact of integrating HIV surveillance and clinic data on retention-in-care estimates and re-engagement efforts. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 2016; 30(9): 409-15.
  • Enns EA, Zaric GS, Strike CJ, Jairam JA, Kolla G, Bayoumi A. Potential cost-effectiveness of supervised injection facilities in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Addiction, 2016; 111(3):1360-443.
  • VanderWaal KL, Enns EA, Picasso C, Packer C, Craft ME. Evaluating empirical contact networks as potential transmission pathways for infectious diseases. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2016; 121(13): 20160166.
  • Fleming-Dutra KE, Hersh AL, Shapiro DJ, Bartoces M, Enns EA, File TM, Finkelstein JA, Gerber JS, Hyun DY, Linder JA, Lynfield R, Margolis DJ, May LS, Merenstein D, Metlay JP, Newland JG, Piccirillo JF, Roberts RM, Sanchez G, Suda KJ, Thomas A, Woo TM, Zetts RM, Hicks LA. Prevalence of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions among US ambulatory care visits, 2010-2011. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2016; 315(17): 1864-73.
  • Enns EA, Brandeau ML. Link removal for the control of stochastically evolving epidemics over networks: A comparison of approaches. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2015; 371(21):154-165.
  • Enns EA, Cipriano LE, Simons CT, Kong CY. Identifying best-fitting inputs in health-economic model calibration: a Pareto frontier approach. Medical Decision Making 2015; 35(2):170-82.
  • Kozhimannil KB, Enns EA, Blauer-Peterson C, Farris J, Kahn J, Kulasingnam S. Behavioral and community correlates of adolescent pregnancy and chlamydia rates in rural counties in Minnesota. Journal of Community Health, 2015; 40(3):493-500.
  • Ribeiro-Lima J, Enns EA, Thompson B, Craft ME, Wells SJ. From network analysis to risk analysis – An approach to risk-based surveillance for bovine tuberculosis in Minnesota, US. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2015; 118(4):154-65.
  • VanderWaal KL, Picasso C, Enns EA, Craft M, Alvarez J, Fernandez F, Gil A, Perez A, Wells S. Network analysis of cattle movements in Uruguay: Quantifying heterogeneity for risk-based disease surveillance and control. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2015; 123(1):12-22.
  • Sanstead E, Kenyon C, Rowley S, Enns EA, Miller C, Ehresmann E, Kulasingam S. Understanding trends in pertussis incidence: An agent-based model approach. Journal of the American Public Health Association, 2015; 105(9):e42-7.
  • Pershing S, Enns EA, Matesic B, Owens DK, Goldhaber-Fiebert JD. Cost-effectiveness of treatment of diabetic macular edema. Annals of Internal Medicine 2014; 160(1): 18-29.
  • Enns EA, Mounzer JJ, Brandeau ML. Optimal link removal for epidemic mitigation: a two-way partitioning approach. Mathematical Biosciences 2012; 235(20): 138-47.
  • Enns EA, Brandeau ML. Inferring model parameters in network-based disease simulation. Health Care Management Science 2011; 14(2): 174-88.
  • Enns EA, Brandeau ML, Igeme T, Bendavid E. Assessing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of concurrency reduction for HIV prevention. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2011; 22(10): 558-67.