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Diana Prieto, Ph.D.

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Western Michigan University
E-213 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3342



  • Community Health Analytics
  • Public Health Operations


  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, University of South Florida, 2011
  • M.A. in Statistics, University of South Florida, 2010
  • M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, Universidad del Norte, 2006
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Universidad del Norte, 2003

Courses Taught:

  • IEE 2610 Engineering Statistics
    IEE 2621 Probability for Engineers
    IEE 2622 Statistical Quality Control
    IEE 5160 Design of Experiments and Regression Analysis

Selected publications:

D. Prieto, T. K. Das. An operational epidemiological model for calibrating agent-based simulations of co-circulating pandemic and seasonal influenza outbreaks. Health Care Manag Sci. 2014, Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print].

D. Prieto, T. K. Das, A. Savachkin, A. Uribe, R. Izurieta and S. Malavade. A Systematic Review to Identify Areas of Enhancements of Pandemic Simulation Models for Operational Use at Provincial and Local Levels. BMC Public Health, Volume 12, Number 251, 2012.

A. Uribe, A. Savachkin, T. K. Das, A. Santana and D. Prieto. A predictive decision aid methodology for dynamic mitigation of influenza pandemics. Special Issue on Optimization in Disaster Relief, OR Spectrum (6 May 2011), pp. 1-36.

Lesson Activities:

D. Martinez and D. Prieto. "Spreading the flu". In review with Resources for K-12, October 2010.


Health Systems Decision Support (HSDS) Lab at WMU

Selected grants and awards:

D. Prieto, R. Paul, and E. Dedoncker. Sampling criteria for monitoring influenza emergencies under constrained testing capabilities. National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, Program of Service, Manufacturing, and Operations Research, Aug 2015 - Aug 2018. Funding amount: $200,000

R. Paul, D. Prieto, and E. Dedoncker. A fusion method to correct for the time and population resolution of Michigan influenza like illness trends. Interdisciplinary Research Initiave Award, WMU College of Arts and Sciences, Jun 2015 - Jun 2016. Funding amoung: $5,000

D. Prieto and A. Kumar. Identification of gaps in children care coordination using quality improvement techniques. Proposal submitted to the WMU School of Medicine - W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Healing Planning Grant, Kalamazoo, MI, Mar 2015 - Jul 2015. Funding amount: $19,911

D. Prieto. Model-based detection of breast cancer treatment disparities. WMU Faculty, Research, and Creative Activities Award, April 24, 2013. Funding amount: $9,689

D. Prieto, A. Santana, and S. Malavade. Novel dynamic data collection strategies for pandemic surveillance:  An interdisciplinary design and evaluation. The Graduate Student Challenge Grant, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL,  Jan 2010 - Dec 2010. Funding amount: $5,000