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Welcome to the Epidemiology Student Academic Services

Steve Schwartz

Stephen M. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Professor & Graduate Program Director
Department of Epidemiology

Ph.D., University of Washington; MPH, Yale University
Epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease & female reproductive conditions, interaction of molecular genetics and environmental factors in health and disease.

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Our department is one of the most highly regarded epidemiology programs in the U.S. We offer tracks leading to the MPH, MS and PhD degrees, each of which has a strong research emphasis. Our strengths include:

  • Our School of Public Health is consistently ranked among the top six by U.S. News and World Report.

  • We offer rigorous training in epidemiologic methods and numerous electives in advanced methods, specific diseases and specific exposures, taught by faculty members who are national and international leaders in their research fields, and who have have won school-wide, university-wide and national awards for their teaching.

  • We have a large (70) and productive faculty. The wide range of faculty interest areas and affiliations leads to numerous research opportunities for students in many areas of human health and disease, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, injuries, maternal and child health, reproductive health, neurological diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, and infectious diseases (primarily HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases). Nutritional, genetic, molecular, metabolic, environmental, medical, psychosocial, socio-economic and behavioral factors associated with disease risk and disease outcome are also under study. The faculty’s research is highly interdisciplinary and often is conducted in collaboration with outside institutions, as well as with many departments within the University.

  • Our students take advantage of the strong affiliations with Public Health: Seattle and King County, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Group Health Research Institute (the largest staff-model health maintenance organization in the Northwest), as well as the University of Washington School of Medicine, VA Puget Sounds Health Care Systems, and Seattle Children's to name a few.

  • The University is one of the top five schools in the nation in the amount of federal research grants awarded.

We look forward to your application to our program. You can expect an excellent and thorough grounding in epidemiological methods in an atmosphere of collegiality with some of the best-known faculty and brightest students in the country.


Stephen M. Schwartz, PhD
Professor and Graduate Program Director

Information subject to change without notice.