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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.

Events and Seminars:

    May 6 Stroke Risk Factors, Symptoms and Disability in Da Nang, Viet Nam – A Reflection of the Growing Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Thanh G. Ton, MPH, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

    June 3 Difference-in-Difference Approach in Epidemiologic Research, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


Christine M. Khosropour, MPH (Epi PhD Candidate) was awarded The Warren G. Magnuson Scholarship 2014-15 for the School of Public Health


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)

Study identifies 4 genetic variants linked to esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus (Eureka Alert 10/13/2013)

In the news

Depression may be Linked to Kidney Failure in Diabetic Patients (Science Daily)

Bessie Young
Major depression may increase diabetes patients' risk of developing kidney failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). Additional studies are needed to determine whether treatment for depression can improve kidney health in patients with diabetes. [Bessie Young, MD, MPH]

Data on today's youth reveal childhood clues for later risk of STDs (University of Washington)

Data on today's youth reveal childhood clues for later risk of STDs
"A lot of prevention happens after the fact," said co-author Lisa Manhart, an associate professor of epidemiology at the UW Center for AIDS and STD.