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Michael Freeman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington Information School, where he teaches courses in data science, interactive data visualization, and web development. Prior to his teaching career, he worked as a data visualization specialist and research fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. There, he performed quantitative global health research and built a variety of interactive visualization systems to help researchers and the public explore global health trends. Michael is interested in applications of data science to social justice, and holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Washington.


  • MPH, Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2013
  • BA, Sociology and International Affairs, Colorado College, 2010


  • Most Beautiful Data Visualization - Divvy, 2015

Consulting and Other Projects

  • American College of Physicians, New York, NY, 2017
  • Metis Data Science (Kaplan), Seattle, 2017
  • Cisco Systems, California, North Carolina, India, 2016
  • O'Reilly Media, Seattle, WA, 2016
  • Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA, 2015
  • Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA
  • Microsoft, Seattle
  • Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Publications and Contributions

  • Book, Scholarly-New
    Programming Skills for Data Science: Start Writing Code to Wrangle, Analyze, and Visualize Data with R (2018)
    Authors: Michael Freeman, Joel Ross
  • Computer-based training course
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    National Health Accounts data from 1996 to 2010: a systematic review (2015)
    Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Issue 93, Page 566–576 Authors: Anthony L Bui, Rouselle F Lavado, BP Brooks, others, Michael K Freeman
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Sources and focus of health development assistance, 1990–2014 (2015)
    JAMA, Volume 313, Issue 23, Page 2359–2368 Authors: Joseph L Dieleman, Casey Graves, Elizabeth Johnson, Tara Templin, Maxwell Birger, Hannah Hamavid, Michael Freeman, Katherine Leach-Kemon, Lavanya Singh, Annie Haakenstad, others
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 Countries, 1980-2012 (2014)
    JAMA, Volume 311, Issue 2, Page 183-192, ISBN/ISSN: doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284692 Authors: M Ng, Michael Freeman, et al.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Using verbal autopsy to measure causes of death: the comparative performance of existing methods (2014)
    BMC Medicine, Volume 12, Issue 5 Authors: C JL Murray, ..., Michael Freeman, et al.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Concentrating risk: a systematic analysis of the global smoking epidemic (2013)
    The Lancet, Volume 381, Page S52 Authors: Michael Freeman, Ella Sanman, Krycia Cowling, Marie Ng, Alan D Lopez, Ali Mokdad, Christopher JL Murray, Emmanuela Gakidou
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Healthy life expectancy for 187 countries, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden Disease Study 2010 (2013)
    The Lancet, Volume 380, Issue 9859, Page 2144–2162 Authors: Joshua A Salomon, Haidong Wang, Michael Freeman, Theo Vos, Abraham D Flaxman, Alan D Lopez, Christopher JL Murray
  • Technical Report
    Symptom recall and the diagnostic accuracy of verbal autopsies (2013)
    Authors: Peter Serina, Ian Riley, Bernardo Hernandez, Michael Freeman, Devarsetty Praveen, Veronica Tallo, Rohina Joshi, Diozele Sanvictores, Christopher JL Murray, Alan Lopez
  • Ph.D. Thesis
    The use of crowdsourcing and the role of game mechanics in identifying erroneous disease burden estimates (2013)
    Author: Michael Freeman
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Performance of InterVA for assigning causes of death to verbal autopsies: multisite validation study using clinical diagnostic gold standards (2011)
    Popul Health Metr, Volume 9, Issue 50, Page 2 Authors: Rafael Lozano, Michael Freeman, Spencer L James, Benjamin Campbell, Alan D Lopez, Abraham D Flaxman, CJ Murray, others
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Simplified Symptom Pattern Method for verbal autopsy analysis: multisite validation study using clinical diagnostic gold standards (2011)
    Popul Health Metr, Volume 9, Page 30 Authors: CJ Murray, Spencer L James, Jeanette K Birnbaum, Michael Freeman, Rafael Lozano, Alan D Lopez, others


  • Design Processes for Effective Visual Communication (2019)
    University of Warsaw Physics Department - Warsaw, Poland
  • Introduction to Visualization in Global Health (2019)
    Visiting Sunkyunkwan University Students - Seattle, Washington
  • Predicting Survivorship of Lung Cancer Patients (2019)
    Fulbright Spain Research Seminar - Madrid, Spain
  • Visualizing Concepts: Using Data to Explain Scientific Topics (2019)
    University of Warsaw - Warsaw, Poland
  • Visually Communicating Statistical and Machine Learning Methods (2019)
    Strata Data Conference - London, England
  • React for D3 Users (2018)
    OpenVis Conference - Paris, France
  • Visualization for Global Health (2018)
    Metis Data Science Training - Seattle, Washington
  • Visually Explaining Statistical and Machine Learning Concepts (2017)
    Open Data Science Conference - San Francisco, CA
  • Small Tips for Visualizing Big Data (2016)
    Data Science Singapore Meetup - Singapore, Singapore
  • Visualizing Concepts with D3.js (2016)
    Plotcon - New York, New York
  • Writing reusable visualization software with D3.js (2016)
    Strata + Hadoop World - Singapore, Singapore
  • What have you done!? How to visualize methods and models for decision makers (2015)
    Strata + Hadoop World 2015 - New York, NY
  • From Confusing to Convincing: A Framework for Using Animation and Storytelling to Bolster the Effectiveness of Interactive Visualizations (2014)
    Making Data Work, Strata + Hadoop World - Barcelona, Spain