School of Public Health

From the Chair

Victoria HoltOver the last 30 years, as both a student and member of faculty, I’ve recognized the constant tradition of excellence in our students, our faculty and our research. We have continued recognition as one of the top departments of epidemiology in the nation. Now, as the Chair, my priority is to sustain the Department of Epidemiology’s standing and also recognize and support new opportunities for faculty and students to succeed.  My goal is to create an intellectual and physical environment in which we can realize our vision for the department: the improvement in the public’s health locally, regionally, nationally, and globally through the development and use of epidemiologic methods and tools. 

This report features projects, profiles and stories about the Department of Epidemiology:

Our students and faculty are making significant contributions to our mission and, more broadly, to the population health impacts we seek. Their work is transforming communities worldwide. We've highlighted a few of these global projects and will continue to add more over time about their important work.

Exciting new educational and service initiatives involving students have begun this year, including the creation of the first cohort of the Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) Team under the direction of Associate Chair Janet Baseman. The team provides students with experience in applied epidemiology through methods training and field assignments at state and local health departments.

In addition to maintaining our strong established research portfolio, members of our faculty recently have embarked on important new research topics. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Assistant Professor, has had much recent success in his pioneering work on decreasing gun violence and its effects.

This is a time for us to celebrate our successes as a department at a level worthy of our achievements, and we know our continued success is not possible without your involvement and support. We are grateful for your gifts over the past year to our major funds, and excited to bring to your attention the recent creation of the Emily White Epidemiology Student Support Fund, established in honor of Emeritus Professor White. Gifts to this fund support our students' educational enrichment activities, research dissemination, travel expenses to professional conferences, aid for unexpected hardships, and much more. 

I am honored to lead a group of such talented and dedicated people and hope you will enjoy exploring their accomplishments over this past year. I appreciate your continued support and engagement, and look forward to working with all of you as we move the Department of Epidemiology forward in new directions and continue our legacy of success. 


Victoria Holt
Chair, Department of Epidemiology


P.S. The 50th Anniversary SER 2017 is being held in downtown Seattle and we're throwing a big party to celebrate! Even if you're not planning to attend the conference, we would love to have you join us for a reception to connect with alumni and friends. You can RSVP here.