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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.


Mandy Fretts, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor wins the Minority Research Award for Study on Meat and Leukocyte Telomere Length



Anjuli Wagner, 5th year epidemiology student was named Magnuson Scholar 2015. She is working to improve ways to find HIV-positive children in Kenya who slip through the cracks.

Biraj Karmacharya, MBBS, MSc has been appointed co-directed of the Nepal Studies Initiative! Biraj is a Fulbright fellow from Nepal who is currently pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology and MPH in Global Health at the UW. He also leads the Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital, and has a decade of experience developing rural community health programs and forging international collaborations for academic training and research in Nepal.
Doctoral candidates received the National Institutes of Health F31 Research Fellowship grant award:

Gloria C. Chi
Methylomic and Transcriptomic Insights Linking Air Pollution and Atherosclerosis

Griffith Bell
Project Title: Air pollution and high density lipoprotein structure and function

Michael Tesauro Young
Project Title: Air Pollution and Microvasculature: Cellular Adhesion and Retinal Vessels in MESA

Sarah Tyler Roberts
Project Title: Gender-Based Violence and HIV Risk: Mediating Pathways and Prevention

Epi Seminars
June 2
"Depression and kidney failure in adults with diabetes" with speaker Margaret Yu, MD


High blood calcium linked with increased risk of premature death in dialysis patients (Eureka Alert 01/22/2015)

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)


The new science of crime (UW Daily)

The new science of crime
He always knew that epidemiology and criminology were a perfect fit, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the phrase he was looking for was coined. 

That was the year that Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar of UW Medicine and the School of Public Health encountered “epicrim.”

Dr. Jeffrey Duchin and his disease detectives are on the case(s) (Pacific NW Magazine)

Dr. Jeffrey Duchin and his disease detectives are on the case(s)
Dr. Jeffery Duchin had his marching orders: grab a respirator, hop a plane to New Mexico and help find the biological agent that was killing young members of the Navajo Nation.