Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Russ Toal - Chair

Second Advisor

Lydia Ryan


The purpose of the project was to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for addressing the problem of autism in Atlanta and the State of Georgia. The project was carried out under the Supervision of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta personnel, specifically Lydia Gonzalez-Ryan. The protocol included using population data, historic utilization data, autism prevalence rates, benchmarking data on other autism centers and efforts ongoing in other states. This data was not statistically analyzed but was collected and summarized qualitatively and was, and will continue to be used to inform the strategic recommendations going forward. This project involved no human subjects and did not require any IRB intervention at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as it was an operationally focused project.