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UW epidemiology graduate students participating in state’s surge response to COVID-19 pandemic

UW News, Monday, April 27, 2020

A little after 10 p.m. on March 19, University of Washington graduate students Anne Massey and David Coomes happened to be online when they received an email that would give them an unexpected role in Washington’s rapidly evolving response to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus.

Haylea Hannah named 2020-21 Warren G. Magnuson Scholar

UW Epi News, Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Department of Epidemiology is proud to announce that Haylea Hannah, a doctoral candidate in our department, has been named the University of Washington School of Public Health’s 2020-2021 Magnuson Scholar. “I’m incredibly honored to even be in the same conversation as Senator Warren G. Magnuson, the current scholars from the additional Health Sciences Schools, and all of the amazing researchers who make up the pool of former Magnuson Scholars,” said Haylea.

Meet our Epi Academic Human Resources Manager

UW Epi News, Monday, February 3, 2020

Myra Pacleb joined the Department of Epidemiology (Epi) staff as Academic Human Resources (HR) Manager. In this role, Myra oversees faculty affairs and HR processes for over 170 faculty in the Epi Department.

Rural kids carrying handguns is 'not uncommon' and starts as early as sixth grade

UW Epi News, Friday, January 24, 2020

Roughly one-third of young males and 1 in 10 females in rural communities have carrierd a handgun, reports a new University of Washington study. "This is one of the first longitudinal studies of rural adolescent handgun carrying across multiple states in the U.S. It provides evidence that youth handgun carrying in these settings is not uncommon," says lead author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a UW associate professor of epidemiology and co-director of Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.

Ethiopia Maternal and Child Health: Raising Students to be Epidemiology Leaders

UW Epi News, Monday, December 16, 2019

Maternal and Child Health is close to Dr. Daniel Enquobahrie's heart. "One of my favorite things as a professor is sharing that passion with my students." This passion led Dr. Enquobahrie to develop an innovative study abroad program in Ethiopia to inspire future epidemiology leaders.

Help us achieve our vision for Epi in 2020

UW Epi News, Thursday, December 12, 2019

The UW Department of Epidemiology is at an exciting crossroads. As we approach the new year, we have a unique opportunity to expand programs that enhance the student experience, elevate our research and expertise, and foster community. Learn more about our goals for #EPI2020 and how you can help.

Patrick-Beresford Fellow Flavia Kapos explores social determinants of chronic pain

UW Epi News, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Flavia Kapos, a doctoral candidate in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology, is interested in understanding social factors that contribute to the development of chronic pain, in order to identify potential strategies to address pain disparities. This novel approach in applying social determinants of health theory and methods to this issue has landed her the 2019-2020 Patrick-Beresford Fellowship in Social Epidemiology.

Shirley Beresford: Seizing Opportunities to Make an Impact

UW Epi News, Monday, November 18, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that women of reproductive age consume folic acid each day to help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). Ahead of her retirement, we sat down with Shirley Beresford, PhD, and learned more about her contributions to the field of folic acid research, and the many other opportunities Dr. Beresford has seized throughout her career to shape public health research, policy, methods, and education for incredible impact.

Department of Epidemiology welcomes new Assistant to the Chair

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kathryn Jansen recently joined the Department of Epidemiology staff as Assistant to the Chair (ATC). In this role, Kathryn will provide executive administrative support for the Chair of the Department, Stephen Hawes, and the Epidemiology Leadership Team.

Mailed self-sampling kits helped more women get screened for cervical cancer

UW Epi News, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UW Epidemiology Professor Rachel Winer lead a study with the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute demostrating the efficacy of self-sampling kits for HPV screening.