School of Public Health

Partner Institutions

Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology conduct their research in partnerships with many other oustanding research entities in the Puget Sound region.

Center for AIDS and STD Research (CFAR - UW)

The Center for AIDS and STD Research (CFAR), established in July, 1989, provides patient care, research, training and education, and international technical assistance for HIV/AIDS and STD. The Center is administered by the UW in collaboration with several other institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest and in several other countries. 

Grace John Stewart, MDDonald Patrick, PhDScott McClelland, MDJared Baeten, MD, PhDCarey Farquhar, MD

Cardiovascular Health Research Unit 

The Cardiovascular Health Research Unit (CHRU) is a joint program of the University of Washington and Group Health (GH). This research program seeks to further the development and application of knowledge related to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Bruce Psaty, MDSusan Heckbert, MDNicholas Smith, PhDDaniel Enquobahrie, PhD, Amanda Fretts, PhD

Center for Public Health Nutrition

The mission of the Center is to advance and promote public health practice to improve nutrition and reduce obesity.

Adam Drewnowski, PhDAnju Aggarwal, PhDBarbara Bruemmer, PhD

Center for Obesity Research (UW-COR)

The mission of the Center for Obesity Research (UW-COR) is to foster research that integrates the biomedical, public health, and policy aspects of the obesity epidemic. Work is conducted to create interdisciplinary research teams and cross-agency collaborations to leverage the strengths, concepts, and skills of multiple areas of expertise in order to pursue innovative systems-level strategies for obesity prevention.

Adam Drewnowski, PhDAnju Aggarwal, PhDBarbara Bruemmer, PhD

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Diagnostic & Prevention Network 

The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network is dedicated to the screening, diagnosis and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). They have developed a comprehensive method for diagnosing the full spectrum of disorders associated with fetal alcohol exposure and has developed a computerized FAS facial photographic screening tool.

Susan Astley, PhD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)

The FHCRC is a medical research institution dedicated to eliminating cancer and related diseases as caused of death and suffering. Each of the Center’s five divisions, Basic Sciences, Human Biology, Clinical Research, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases, and Public Health Sciences, are world leaders and have many seminal contributions to their credit. They are also heavily involved in collaborations with the community. They partner with health-care organizations around the region to promote participation in clinical and prevention trials, which are essential to developing better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. The Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention Programs of the Public Health Sciences Division provide rich training opportunities for MPH, MS and PhD students enrolled in the UW Department of Epidemiology. 

Epidemiology Program
The major goals of the Program in Epidemiology are to identify causes of human cancer, develop effective prevention strategies and improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms that lead to cancer. 

Kathi Malone, PhD (Program Head), Parveen Bhatti, PhDScott Davis, PhDVictoria Holt, PhDChris Li, MDMargaret M. Madeleine, PhD, Anne McTiernan MD, PhDBeth Mueller, DrPHAmanda Phipps, PhDMary Ann Rossing, PhDStephen Schwartz, PhDJanet Stanford, PhDThomas Vaughan, MDNoel Weiss, MD

Cancer Prevention Program 
The Cancer Prevention Research Program was built on the assumptions that changing lifestyle or environment during childhood and/or adult life can lower cancer incidence, that health behavior can be permanently changed, and that broad changes in cancer-related health behaviors can be made and maintained at the community level. 

Polly A. Newcomb, PhD (Head), Shirley Beresford, PhDMario Kratz, PhDJohanna Lampe, PhDAnne McTiernan, MDEmily White, PhDAlexander Reiner, MD

Group Health Research Institute (GHRI)

Group Health based in Seattle, is a consumer-governed, nonprofit managed health care system. Begun in 1947, Group Health today provides coverage and care for almost 540,000 people in Washington and Idaho. GHRI is the research arm of Group Health, and is an international leader in research focused on health care and policy, patient centered outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology, vaccine safety, cardiovascular health, cancer and other health conditions. 

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) 

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) is one of the premier institutions researching how and why people suffer injuries and what can be done to prevent them. 

Mary Kernic, PhDVictoria Holt, PhDBeth Mueller, DPHMelissa Schiff, MD, MPHAli Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD

Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) Research Group 

The (HPV) Research Group is comprised of a variety of researchers from several institutions in Western Washington and Senegal, Africa that include the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Dakar.

Steve Hawes, PhDRachel Winer, PhD, MPH

International Clinical Research Center (ICRC)

The ICRC is composed of a committed group of individuals, working across several continents, to conduct rigorous and sound research studies to answer the critical scientific questions of our time. Established in September 2007, it provides the essential framework and coordination to streamline the implementation of multi-center international infectious disease prevention trials. The ICRC is within the University of Washington, Department of Global Health.

Jared Baeten, MD, PhD

Northwest Center for Public Practice

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice is dedicated to providing a link between public health practitioners and the academic community. 

Janet Basemen, PhD, MPHVictoria L. Holt, PhD

Snohomish Health District

Snohomish Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County. They have 226 public health professionals that work for a safer and healthier community through essential programs and services.

Gary Goldbaum, MD

Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) 

The Seattle ERIC is a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington. The Center's overall mission is to improve the health and health care of veterans by promoting the principles and practice of state-of-the-art epidemiologic research within the VA. 

Nicholas Smith, PhD (Director), Jack Goldberg, PhDAlyson Littman, PhDGayle E. Reiber, PhD

Virology Research Clinic 

The Virology Research Clinic was established 33 years ago to conduct research on viral sexually transmitted infections and is a world-renowned leader in herpes research. Their mission is to investigate the epidemiology and natural history of herpes simplex virus (HSV), and to evaluate new therapies and vaccines for HSV. Currently, our special areas of interest are prevention of HSV transmission, HSV vaccines and the interactions between HSV and HIV.

Anna Wald, MD, MPH (Director)


Our faculty also work closely with local and state governmental agencies, such as Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.