School of Public Health

Hajat, Anjum

Anjum Hajat

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


PhD Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2010
MPH Epidemiology, International Health, University of Michigan, 1998
BA International Affairs, George Washington University, 1995

Contact Info

Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Health Sciences F-250E
Seattle, WA 98105

Dr. Hajat received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, her MPH in Epidemiology and International Health from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 


  • Interaction of Air Pollution and Psychosocial Stress on Cardiovascular Disease (NIEHS)
  • Demographic Vulnerability, Neighborhood Pollution, and Racial Disparities in Health (NICHD)
  • An Integrated, Life Course Examination of Multilevel Stressors on Health and Functioning in the Context of Disadvantage (UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being)
  • Working Conditions, Stress and Health Among Low Wage Workers in Seattle

Research Interests

Dr. Hajat’s current research interests are to understand the social and environmental stressors that disproportionately impact disadvantaged populations and how these stressors impact cardiovascular disease (CVD), a research area that may have implications for understanding the underlying causes of health disparities. She was awarded a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award to study the intersection of psychosocial stressors and air pollution on CVD. She also conducts research on the psychosocial stressors that impact the stress hormone cortisol. This line of research aims to gain a better understanding of how stress causes disease. In addition she is interested in applying novel epidemiologic methods to her research.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Hajat co-teaches EPI 548: Research method for analyzing social and contextual determinants of health and EPI 528: Advanced Epidemiology Methods I.

In The News

High levels of air pollution in the U.S. is linked to psychological stress, study says
Mic, 12/22/2017

How air pollution clouds mental health
UW School of Public Health News, 11/14/2017

How air pollution clouds mental health
UW News, 11/02/2017