Nancy Habarta, MPH

Photo: Nancy Habarta

Performance Development, Evaluation, and Training Branch

Photo: Nancy Habarta

Current Role

Nancy Habarta, MPH, is the chief of the Performance Development, Evaluation, and Training Branch in the Division of Performance Improvement and Field Services, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS). As branch chief, Ms. Habarta leads teams that assess, evaluate, and continuously improve public health programs, processes, and systems for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and health outcomes. She also guides the branch’s work to provide technical assistance, training, consultation, and cross-learning opportunities to state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.


Before joining CSTLTS, Ms. Habarta served as the associate director for evaluation for the Division of Public Health Information Dissemination (DPHID) within CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. In that role, she directed evaluation activities for the Office of the Director and DPHID’s programs, including MMWR, Vital Signs, the Stephen B. Thacker Library, The Guide to Community Preventive Services, and the Office of Public Health Genomics. She developed systems to provide oversight of performance monitoring, strategic planning, and technical evaluation activities to demonstrate public health impact and value.

Ms. Habarta began her federal service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe in 1998 and began her career at CDC at The Guide to Community Preventive Services, performing systematic reviews on worksite health promotion and cancer-related interventions to determine the effectiveness of population-based public health interventions. She then served as part of the monitoring and evaluation team in the Global AIDS Program to build capacity for monitoring and evaluation within focus countries, develop the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief indicators, and conduct evaluation activities in multiple countries. Ms. Habarta then worked within the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, where she performed monitoring and evaluation activities and quantitative data analyses with national-level HIV counselling and testing data.


Ms. Habarta earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Brandeis University and her master of public health degree in international health from Emory University.

Page last reviewed: January 3, 2022