School of Public Health

Hajat, Anjum

Anjum Hajat

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


PhD Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2010
MPH Epidemiology, International Health, University of Michigan, 1998
BA International Affairs, George Washington University, 1995

Contact Info

Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Health Sciences F-250E
Seattle, WA 98105

Dr. Hajat received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, her MPH in Epidemiology and International Health from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 


  • Interaction of Air Pollution and Psychosocial Stress on Cardiovascular Disease (NIEHS)
  • Demographic Vulnerability, Neighborhood Pollution, and Racial Disparities in Health (NICHD)
  • An Integrated, Life Course Examination of Multilevel Stressors on Health and Functioning in the Context of Disadvantage (UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being)
  • Working Conditions, Stress and Health Among Low Wage Workers in Seattle

Research Interests

Dr. Hajat’s current research interests are to understand the social and environmental stressors that disproportionately impact disadvantaged populations and how these stressors impact cardiovascular disease (CVD), a research area that may have implications for understanding the underlying causes of health disparities. She was awarded a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award to study the intersection of psychosocial stressors and air pollution on CVD. She also conducts research on the psychosocial stressors that impact the stress hormone cortisol. This line of research aims to gain a better understanding of how stress causes disease. In addition she is interested in applying novel epidemiologic methods to her research.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Hajat co-teaches EPI 548: Research method for analyzing social and contextual determinants of health and EPI 528: Advanced Epidemiology Methods I.


  1. Hajat A, Allison M, Diez Rouz AV, Jorgensen N, Swords-Jenny N, Szpiro AA, Vedal S, Kaufman JD.  Long-term exposure to air pollution and markers of inflammation, coagulation and endothelial function: A repeat measures analysis in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  Epidemiology February 21, 2015. [Epub ahead of print]

  2.  Jones MR, Diez-Roux AV, Hajat A, Kershaw KN, O’Neill MS, Guallar E, Post WS, Kaufman JD, Navas-Acien A.  Race/ethnicity, residential segregation, and exposure to ambient air pollution: The Evidence from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).  American Journal of Public Health, 104:2130-2137, 2014.

  3. Hajat A, Diez-Roux AV, Auchincloss A, Adar S, Lovasi G, O’Neill M, Sheppard E, Kaufman JD.  Air pollution and individuals and neighborhood socioeconomic status: Evidence from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Environmental Health Perspectives 121: 1325-1333, 2013.

  4. Hajat A, Diez-Roux AV, Polak J, Seeman T, Merkin S, Lima J, Wu M, Sanchez B, Holvoet P.  Examining the association between salivary cortisol levels and subclinical measures of atherosclerosis: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  Psychoneuroendocrinology 38: 1036-1046, 2013.

  5. Curl C, Beresford SAA, Hajat A, Kaufman JD, Moore K, Nettleton J, Diez-Roux AV.  Association between organic produce consumption, socioeconomic status and the local food environment: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).  PLOS ONE 8:e69778, 2013.

  6. Hajat A, Kaufman JS, Rose K, Siddiqi A, Thomas J.  Long term effects of wealth on mortality and health status.  American Journal of Epidemiology 173:192-200, 2011.

  7. Hajat A, Kaufman JS, Rose K, Siddiqi A, Thomas J.  Do the wealthy have a health advantage? Cardiovascular disease risk factors and wealth.  Social Science and Medicine 71:1935-1942, 2010.

  8. Hajat A, Blakely T, Dayal S, Jantrana S. Do New Zealand’s migrants have a mortality advantage? Evidence from the New Zealand Census Mortality Study.  Ethnicity and Health 15: 531-547, 2010.

  9. Hajat A, Diez-Roux AV, Franklin TG, Seeman T, Shrager S, Ranjit N, Castro C, Watson K, Sanchez B, Kirschbaum C.  Socioeconomic and race/ethnic differences in daily salivary cortisol profiles: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  Psychoneuroendocrinology  35: 932-943, 2010


In The News

Close Up June 2016: Anjum Hajat
UW School of Public Health Faculty Profile, 06/24/2016

SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities
UW School of Public Health News, 12/02/2015