School of Public Health

Smyser, Michael

Michael S. Smyser

Clinical Instructor, Epidemiology


MPH Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 1989

Contact Info

Public Health Seattle and King County
Planning and Evaluation Unit
401 Fifth Avenue, CNK-PH-1300
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-263-8780

Epidemiologist for Public Health - Seattle & King County, Epidemiology Planning and Evaluation Unit and lead epidemiologist for Automated Data Surveillance project.


Automated Data Surveillance project which includes automated statistical analysis of local and national health data to produce on-demand reports and data visualization.

Research Interests

Research focuses on assessment of population level health indicators, social determinants of health and racial and ethnic health disparities in King County.

Teaching Interests

Population health, health inequity, discrimination and differential treatment in health care settings, social determinants of health, adolescent health, chronic disease epidemiology (asthma, diabetes, and obesity), and public health informatics.


Chen R, Smyser M, Chan N, Ta M, Saelens B, Krieger J. Changes in awareness and use of calorie information following mandatory menu-labeling in restaurants in King County, Washington. Am J Public Health. 2015 (in press).

Cheadle A, Bourcier E, Krieger J, Beery W, Smyser M, Vinh DV, Lessler D, Alfonsi L. The Impact of a Community-based Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative: Evaluation Findings from Steps to Health King County. Health Educ Behav 2011 38: 222.

Castor ML, Smyser MS, Taualii MM, Park AN, Lawson SA, Forquera RA. A nationwide population based study identifying health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives living in select urban counties. Am J Public Health. 2006;96:1478–1484.