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



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. 

Research Interests

Dr. Hajat’s current research interests look at understanding the social and environmental stressors that disproportionately impact disadvantaged populations and how these stressors impact a variety of health outcomes, 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 impacts of financial instability and precarious work on health outcomes. These upstream factors are critical to better understanding population health. In addition, Dr. Hajat is interested in biomarkers that are impacted by social and environmental stressors; this line of research aims to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms by which social stressors cause disease. Lastly, she is interested in applying novel epidemiologic methods to her research.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Vicarious Racism and Vigilance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mental Health Implications Among Asian and Black Americans.
(2021 Jul-Aug)
Public Health Rep 136(4): 508-517
Chae DH, Yip T, Martz CD, Chung K, Richeson JA, Hajat A, Curtis DS, Rogers LO, LaVeist TA

Confronting Environmental Racism.
(2021 May)
Environ Health Perspect 129(5): 51001
Kaufman JD, Hajat A

The Association between Gait Speed and Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment.
(2021 Apr 2)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(7):
Adam CE, Fitzpatrick AL, Leary CS, Hajat A, Phelan EA, Park C, Semmens EO

Ambient air pollution and risk of respiratory infection among adults: evidence from the multiethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA).
(2021 Mar)
BMJ Open Respir Res 8(1):
Kirwa K, Eckert CM, Vedal S, Hajat A, Kaufman JD

Inferential challenges when assessing racial/ethnic health disparities in environmental research.
(2021 Jan 12)
Environ Health 20(1): 7
Benmarhnia T, Hajat A, Kaufman JS

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