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.

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.



The University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) has been ranked No. 7 among public health graduate schools in the US News & World Report rankings for 2024–2025. The UW Department of Epidemiology maintained its top-ten ranking, as No. 9 for public health specialty rankings in epidemiology.

Students Enrolled in 2022-23

264 total

New Students in 2022-23

65 MPH and M.S. students and 21 Ph.D. students


50 core, 67 adjunct, 57 affiliate, 14 clinical and 30 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.