Dr. Ryan Tokarz

Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies

headshot of ryan tokarzDr. Ryan Tokarz joined the Mercer University faculty in 2021 as an assistant professor of global health. He previously served as a Global Health Surveillance Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ethiopia country office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Tokarz holds a doctorate and master’s in global communicable diseases from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida and is Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Dr. Tokarz specializes in vector-borne disease and is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Vector Ecology.


  • Ph.D., Public Health – Global Communicable Diseases, University of South Florida
  • M.P.H., Public Health – Global Communicable Diseases, University of South Florida
  • B.S., Dietetics, Florida State University


Vector-borne disease, field epidemiology, remote sensing.

Professional Interests

Dr. Tokarz’s research examines the impact of human behavior and ecology on human health, focusing on community-based initiatives and solutions. His work integrates field epidemiology, entomology, remote sensing techniques, and anthropological concepts to better understand vector-borne disease dynamics throughout North America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Recent Publications

Contact Dr. Ryan Tokarz

(478) 301-4379
Office: Groover Hall, Room 210