School of Public Health

End of Year Report 2016


Victoria HoltA Time to Celebrate

We are experiencing so much forward momentum in the Department. This is an exciting time as we near the holidays - a time for us to celebrate our successes, to refresh our vision, but mostly to say thank you. We know our continued success would not be possible without your involvement and support.   

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Epi Salmon PartyThe Year in Photos

From New Student Orientation and academic seminars to graduation parties and alumni reunions, our events are a favorite among students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We've captured just a few highlights from the year in pictures. We hope to see you in the coming year.

See if you recognize any familiar faces


sunrise on the edge of Suswa canyon

UW Epi Around the World

Our students and faculty are involved in a variety of projects around the globe, from Latin America to Africa. Their research spans infectious disease, maternal and child health, social determinants of health, and more. Find out about how our research is improving health and transforming communities worldwide. 

Browse our highlighted projects


Air pollution monitors

10-year Study Finds Air Pollution Accelerates Plaque Build-up in Arteries to Heart

Long-term exposure to air pollution isn’t just bad for your lungs — it's hard on your heart too. A decade-long study published in The Lancet links people living in areas with more outdoor pollution — even at lower levels common in the United States — with cardiovascular disease.

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Natalia Kanem named to United Nations Post

Epi Alumna Named to United Nations Post

University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Natalia Kanem (MPH 1990, Epidemiology) of Panama, was named assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director (programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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SEAL team members

Budding "Disease Detectives" are Ready for Action

The Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) team prepares graduate students for field assignments at the Washington State Department of Health and local health jurisdictions. Since the program began in Spring of 2016, students have provided over 230 hours of support across several field assignments. 

Read their stories


emergency vehicle

Filling Gaps in U.S. Violence Research

“Every day in this country, 90 people die due to firearm injuries and more than 200 people get shot,” said Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (PhD 2009, Epidemiology), now an assistant professor of Epidemiology. The more he looked at the numbers, the more incredulous he became. Total deaths by guns in the U.S. are about 33,000 a year—rivaling the number of Americans killed by automobiles.

Learn more about the research


faculty, staff, and student honors

Faculty, Staff, and Student Honors

Our faculty, staff, and students exemplify the spirit and service of our School in many important ways. Take a look at a selection of awards and honors that recognize our exceptional people.

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student orientationEpidemiology Diversity Committee Formed

The Department of Epidemiology is committed to strengthening diversity among our faculty, staff and student body while promoting inclusion, equity, and respect. Committee work aimed at providing equal opportunity will enable us to better serve our students, our communities, and beyond.

Learn more about our goals


coursesHighlighted Courses

To give you a glimpse of our curriculum, we've highlighted four courses: Outbreak Investigation and Response, Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, and Advanced Epidemiologic Methods I and II. Explore a full list of all of our courses in the new courses section on our website. 

Learn more about our highlighted courses



As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how grateful we are for you and your ongoing partnership with the Department.

Happy holidays!