School of Public Health

Wasserheit, Judith

Judith Wasserheit

Chair, Global Health
Professor, Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

Education

MD Medicine, Harvard University, 1978
MPH Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1989
BA Biochemistry, Slavic Lang & Lit, Princeton University, 1974

Contact Info

University of Washington
UW Dept. of Global Health
1705 NE Pacific St.
Box 357965
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-685-1894
jwasserh@uw.edu

Judith N. Wasserheit, MD, MPH has worked extensively at the interface of STI and HIV clinical-epidemiological research, programs and policy in the U.S. and globally. Currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, she was Chief of the U.S. NIH’s STD Research Branch; Director of the U.S. CDC’s STD Prevention Program, and Director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. She has worked in Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand and Zambia. Her development of the concept of epidemiological synergy between HIV infection and other STDs has had a major influence on HIV prevention policy and programs worldwide.

Dr. Wasserheit has broad experience working with agencies, governments, and colleagues on STD and HIV research, policy and programmatic issues. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and the American Epidemiological Society.

Research Interests

Impact of HIV and other STDs on women and adolescents; STD/HIV interactions; HIV vaccine clinical trials; implementation science and program management

Publications

Fleming DT, Wasserheit JN: From epidemiological synergy to public health policy and practice: The contribution of other sexually transmitted diseases to sexual transmission of HIV infection. Sex Transm Inf 1999 Feb;75 (1):3-17. [original work]

Padian NS, McCoy SL, Balkus JE, Wasserheit, JN. Weighing the Gold in the Gold Standard: Challenges in HIV Prevention Research. AIDS 2010 Mar 13;24(5):621-35. [original work]

Petersdorf N, Ross JM, Weiss HA, Barnabas RV, Wasserheit JN. Systematic review and meta-analysis of HCV infection and HIV viral load: New Insights into epidemiologic synergy. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2016;19:20944. [Review]

Mosites E, Sammons M, Otiang, E, Eng A, Noecker C, Manor O, Hilton S, Mwangi T. Onyango C, Garland-Lewis G, Call DR, Njenga MK, Wasserheit JN, Zambriski J, Walson J, Palmer G, Montgomery J, Borenstein E, Omore R, Rabinowitz R. Microbiome Sharing Between Children, Livestock and Household Surfaces in Western Kenya. PLOS ONE, January 2017; 12(2):e0171017. [original work]

Kemp CG*, Weiner B*(*listed as co-first authors), Sherr K, Kupfer L, Cherutich P, Wilson D, Geng E, Wasserheit JN. PEPFAR-NCD Supplement in AIDS on Leveraging the HIV Platform to Advance Chronic Care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paper #7: Implementation Science for Evidence-based Integration of Chronic Care and HIV Services in Sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS in press.

In The News

UW SPH Leaders Call for Prison Divestment
UW School of Public Health News, 07/18/2016

Boosting Global Health Partnerships for Chinese Universities
UW School of Public Health News, 04/15/2016

Close Up July 2015: Judith Wasserheit
UW School of Public Health Faculty Profile, 07/02/2015