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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Application of Epidemiologic Principles and Skills on a Daily Basis in the County Health Department"
3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069




Gary M. Goldbaum, MD, MPH
Health Officer, Snohomish Health District

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services


Epidemiology is often described as the core science of public health.  However, public health practice is driven by a complex mix of science, resource, and politics.  In particular, although effective public policy must be evidence-based, actual public policy is always influenced by a community’s philosophical and political perspectives.  This seminar will explore how epidemiology has influenced past and current public health practice, how resources and politics have influenced epidemiologic practice, and the role of epidemiology in future public health practice.

Suggested Reading:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Ten great public health achievements – United States, 1900-1999.  1999;48:241-243.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Impact of vaccines universally recommended for children – United States, 1900-1998.  1999;48:243-247.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Achievements in public health, 1900-1999: Control of infectious diseases.  1999;48:621-629.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Healthier mothers and babies.  1999;48:849-858.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Achievements in public health, 1900-1999: Changes in the public health system.  1999;48:1141-1147.


Since February 2007, Gary Goldbaum has been the Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District in Snohomish County, Washington. A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (1978) and the University of Washington School of Public Health (1989), he has been certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He was the Health Officer for Thurston and Skagit counties (Washington State) from 1987 to 1989, served in multiple leadership roles at Public Health – Seattle & King County from 1989 to 2007, saw patients at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from 1989 to 2007, and directed the University of Washington Preventive Medicine Residency from 1992 to 2002.

Dr. Goldbaum has conducted research at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, and local public health agencies in Washington State.  He holds appointments as Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington.  He also serves on the Boards of the Snohomish County Medical Society and Project Access Northwest.

Updated on March 14, 2012