School of Public Health

Message from the Chair

Stephen Schwartz, Interim ChairWelcome to the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Our department's mission is to provide rigorous training in the fundamentals and practice of epidemiology, to contribute to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of disease, and to improve the health of the public through excellence in research. Our success as a department is grounded in the belief that empowering our academic community to make a meaningful impact on personal and population health is our highest goal. 

For the last 40 years, quality teaching and research have been at the heart of everything we do. We now offer graduate education in three degree programs described in detail elsewhere on this website, with over 60 graduate level courses providing instruction on epidemiologic methods and on the epidemiologic approach to a range of health problems and important population exposures. Our teaching and research expertise includes critical public health topics such as infectious diseases, injuries and violence, cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health, maternal and child health, and environmental, social, and genetic determinants of health. Our 60 core faculty address these and other topics, and over 100 additional auxiliary faculty members in other departments within the University of Washington and at other institutions contribute their expertise to our teaching and research programs. We are fortunate to have strong collaborations locally with our colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Kaiser Permanent Washington Health Research Institute, the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, the Veterans' Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and elsewhere, and many of our core faculty conduct research in collaboration with colleagues across the globe.

Our website provides a wealth of information about these exciting activities. Please browse it to get to know us and our programs - then contact us directly to find out more.

Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS
Associate Professor and Chair