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Health program evaluation course helps bridge the knowledge gap for public health epidemiologists

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 2, 2017

For a public health program to function optimally, epidemiologists in health departments collect metrics to assess what worked and what didn’t. This framework for monitoring and evaluation links program performance to health outcomes and is integral to improving community health. Yet many epidemiologists have never had formal training on how to measure a program’s effectiveness.

Washington Researcher Contributes to International Breast Cancer Genetics Study

UW Epi News, Monday, October 23, 2017

There are seventy-two previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer, according to a new study by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers around the world, including a co-investigator from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Study: 3 million Americans carry loaded handguns daily

UW Epi News, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Most are male, and cite protection as primary reason; 'significant' public health implications, researchers say.

An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm.

Epi Alumnus Wins 2017 Noreen Harris Award

UW Epi News, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Richard Burt, alumnus from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health (MS ‘86 and PhD ‘92), has been selected for the Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology for his work in HIV and hepatitis C risk and prevention among local at-risk populations. The award is presented by Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Dr. Bennet Omalu spotlights a profoundly inconvenient truth

UW Epi News, Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dr. Bennet Omalu practices the science of death. He is a forensic pathologist and investigates the specific cause and manner of death, particularly in cases where it has not occurred by natural causes. 

He has investigated over 12,000 cases, but one changed his life forever.

Pilot study aimed at improving health of Native American families

UW Epi News, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The earliest American Indians lived on what they could hunt and forage. They had an active lifestyle and a nutrient-rich diet. But much has changed since then.
Beginning in the 17th century, the federal government began relegating American Indians to reservations in remote pockets of the U.S., far from their homelands and their original sources of food. Diets based on hunting, gathering, and gardening have since been replaced by highly processed foods. Instead of supermarkets, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets, many communities are served by convenience stores.

Remembering Dr. John A. H. Lee

UW Epi News, Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dr. John A. H. Lee, a founding faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, passed away on August 31, 2017 at the age of 92.

Lee was born and raised on the Isle of Wight in England. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, he served as an officer in the British Army in Malaysia (Yorkshire Regiment). He joined the UW Department of Epidemiology in 1966 shortly before the official formation of the School of Public Health.

Izzy Brandstetter is inside the mumps outbreak

UW Epi News, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As the number of mumps cases across Washington State continues to rise, Izzy Brandstetter, a Disease Research and Intervention Specialist at Public Health – Seattle & King County and Master’s of Public Health student in Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, is busy helping to understand and slow the spread of the disease.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes fever, headache, muscle aches, puffy cheeks and jaw pain. In Washington, health care providers, facilities, and labs are required to notify public health authorities of suspected cases.

When school is out, Epi students make the most of it

UW Epi News, Friday, September 15, 2017

When school is out for summer, it’s time to put the classroom lessons into practice. Some try to build on their newly-earned skills by attending summer courses or institutes while others focus on their research projects. Regardless of the experience, one thing is clear: epi students aren’t waiting for graduation to get their first foray in the field.

Here’s how three of our students used the downtime over the summer to gain some practical experience.

Washington faculty awarded APHA’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dr. Noel Weiss, former Chair and current professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public, has won the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award that recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career. He will accept the award on November 6 at the APHA annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.