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Vulnerable Groups Can Have Quality Diets Despite Economic Constraints

UW Epi News, Friday, August 12, 2016

For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor.  Not only are fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains more expensive, they are also less likely to be available in low-income neighborhoods. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition.

Pushing the boundaries: UW Medicine’s ‘most influential’ scientists

UW Medicine, Friday, July 1, 2016

Thomson Reuters, a global information agency, identified the world's “most influential scientific minds” — investigators whose scholarly work was most often cited by their fellow researchers. Bruce Psaty, Department of Epidemiology Professor, is among them. Watch the brief video interview which describes his areas of focus and his motivation.

Dr. Anjum Hajat: The Social Element of Public Health

UW Epi News, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Originally an International Relations major, it was a social epidemiology course that redirected Dr. Anjum Hajat's focus toward health disparities research domestically. In this interview, she describes her work and the way that social factors are at play in most public health problems.

Can you tell us about a project that you are working on currently, related to health disparities?

Washington Study Urges Schools to Take a More Preventative Approach to Bullying

UW Epi News, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bullying, which has often been dismissed as merely kids being kids, is a “serious public health problem,” according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Zero-tolerance policies, such as automatic suspension or expulsion, are ineffective in combating bullying, the report found. Such policies fail to provide skill training or replacement behaviors for youth that are suspended and may in fact lead to underreporting because the consequences are perceived as too severe.

Epidemiology staff, faculty, and students awarded at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards

UW Epi News, Monday, May 16, 2016

On May 13, gathered in the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, five exemplary epidemiology staff, faculty, and students were awarded for their dedication and service to the School at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards.

Epidemiology students land competitive internship

UW Epi News, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Emily Begnel (MPH Epidemiology), Megan Suter (MS Epidemiology), and Cameron Haas (MPH Epidemiology), have been selected for the highly competitive Public Health Epi Scholars Program. The national program offers each student a 10-week paid internship in applied epidemiology research at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC). The students were selected from a pool of applicants from fifteen universities.

Get to Know Dr. Anju Aggarwal: Nutrition Epidemiologist

UW Epi News, Thursday, April 21, 2016

Although Dr. Anju Aggarwal knew since childhood that she wanted to work in a health-related field, it was a volunteer experience during her undergraduate studies back in India that really solidified her interest in public health. She continued on to pursue her PhD in International Health and joined the Department of Epidemiology in 2016. 

Student delegates return from the 2016 CDC Millennial Health Leaders Summit

UW Epi News, Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tashina Robinson, Vivian Lyons, and Linda Oseso, all graduate students in Epidemiology, were selected as delegates to the 2016 CDC Millennial Health Leaders Summit in Atlanta. The summit brought together future leaders in health research for a two-day intensive training on important health equity topics. Through workshops, case studies, and other group activities, the students explored health disparities with experts in the field.

Epidemiology student selected for prestigious UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship

UW Epi News, Monday, April 11, 2016

Jennifer Hubber, an Epidemiology MPH student, has been selected for the UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship. The Fellowship is one of the more unusual and prestigious awards at the University of Washington; only seven graduate students from programs across the university have been selected for 2016. The fellowships require recipients to embark on solo journeys of eight months that take them to at least two regions and six countries of the world.

Get to Know Dr. Sara Lindstroem: Genetic Epidemiologist

UW Epi News, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Originally from Sweden, Dr. Sara Lindstroem joined the UW Department of Epidemiology in January 2016. Although her work today is focused on genetic epidemiology with a primary emphasis in cancer, her career began in engineering and physics. It was coursework in statistics and an early work experience that shaped Sara’s desire for understanding correlations between genetics and disease.