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Epidemiology is the study of the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in human populations. The mission of the Department is to provide rigorous training in the fundamentals and practice of epidemiology, to contribute to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of disease, and to improve the health of the public through excellence in research.

Events and Seminars:

    September 24 Autumn Quarter Begins
    October 7 Epi Seminar Series begins with Norm Breslow, PhD, Professor Emeritus, UW Department of Biostatistics


  Jillian Pintye, Epi MPH (Global Health Track) 2014 graduate was awarded a Young Investigator Award at the International AIDS Society conference in Melbourne, Australia. With 14,000 attendees at the conference, this is a very prestigious award given to only the top 5 abstracts. Jillian will be and starting a PhD in Nursing at UW this coming fall.

Penn's Basser Research Center for BRCA Names BRCA1 Founder Mary-Claire King Winner of the 2014 Basser Global Prize

Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society Researcher is Professor of Genetics and Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemioloyg at the at the University of Washington. Dr. King has been a pioneer in the development of experimental and bioinformatics genomics tools to study common, complex human diseases and health conditions.



Washington Study Predicts When Herpes is Least Likely to be Transmitted (ASPPH Friday Letter 04/18/2014)

Data suggest new class of drug may be potent against genital herpes (Univerity of Washington 01/15/2014)

Washington Study Finds Exercise May Slow Decline in Kidney Function (ASPPH Friday Letter 01/03/2014)

Study identifies 4 genetic variants linked to esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus (Eureka Alert 10/13/2013)


Mammograms beneficial in women 75 and up (Seatle Times)

Mammograms beneficial in women 75 and up
When a mammogram detects breast cancer in a woman age 75 or older, it’s more likely to be early stage disease that can be treated less aggressively, according to a study drawn from thousands of patients in a Seattle cancer registry.

Dr. Henry Kaplan of the Swedish Cancer Institute and Judith Malmgren, an epidemiologist from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health who has long worked with Kaplan, published the study in the journal Radiology on Tuesday.

Close Up July 2014: Walter Kukull (SPH)

Close Up July 2014: Walter Kukull
A close up look at Walter Kukull, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center