For more than 50 years, the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) has worked to confront the major public health challenges we face. In doing so, our mission has been centered around research, education, and service in the pursuit of health equity.

UW Epidemiology provides education and leadership to tackle tough public health challenges and to develop the next generation of leaders and visionaries in the field. Quality teaching and research lie at the heart of everything we do. With more than 60 graduate-level courses and 6 undergraduate courses, we provide rigorous, foundational instruction on epidemiologic methods and approaches to using these skills to seek solutions to improve population health.

Our Mission

The UW Department of Epidemiology centers itself around the values of research, education, and service. Our mission is built on these three pillars.


To advance knowledge regarding the distribution, occurrence and outcome of disease in human populations by maintaining a strong and diverse interdisciplinary research program with outstanding faculty and students.


To train future leaders in the field of epidemiology through excellent master's and doctoral degree programs, and educate others through undergraduate and graduate level courses on epidemiologic topics.


To provide professional service in epidemiology through work with federal, state, and local health agencies and other organizations in conducting collaborative research and offering technical assistance.

UW Epi Chair Stephen Hawes“For the last 15 years, I have had an opportunity to be a part of the transformative impact this department has had at the local, national and international level through our excellence in education and research.”

Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS
Professor and Chair




UW is #7 ranked school of public health in the U.S based on U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

The School of Public Health ranked seventh in the nation in the most recent US News & World Report survey of graduate schools of public health, and third among publicly funded schools of public health.

Students Enrolled in 2020-21

229 total

New Students in 2020-21

51 MPH and M.S. students and 23 Ph.D. students


53 core, 58 adjunct, 48 affiliate, 12 clinical and 27 emeriti faculty

Partner Centers & Institutions

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Research Institute, Center for AIDS and STD Research, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, and more.