School of Public Health

Kobayashi, John

John Kobayashi

Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology


MD Stanford University, 1975
MPH Harvard University, 1979

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From 1982 to 2001, Dr. Kobayashi was the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases at the Washington State Department of Health. He directed large multi-state foodborne outbreak investigations, and trained over 25 Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers from the Centers for Disease Control (, From 1997-2001, he was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Standards for Foods. From 2001-8, he was a long-term consultant for the Field Epidemiology Training Program at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan (

Research Interests

Infectious diseases

Research Areas 

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