FROM THE CHAIR
A 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RACE & EQUITY
Epidemiology 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.
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.
THANKS TO YOU, OUR FRIEND AND SUPPORTER, 2016 WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL YEAR!
As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how grateful we are for you and your ongoing partnership with the Department.