Vivian Hawkins

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



BA Biology, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2002
MS Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2007
PhD Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Washington, 2009



Washington State Department of Health
Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, Division of Disease Control & Health Statistics
1610 NE 150th St, MS: K17-9
Shoreline, WA 98155


Vivian is the Deputy Director of the Office Communicable Disease Epidemiology (OCDE) at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), based in Shoreline, WA. Vivian supports the work of OCDE in notifiable condition surveillance and outbreak identification and mitigation. Conditions worked on by OCDE include COVID-19, measles, salmonellosis, healthcare associated infections, and more.

Before becoming Deputy Director, Vivian was an Epidemiologist in OCDE focusing on influenza and Legionnaires' disease, and also spent time working in maternal and child health epidemiology at the DOH Tumwater location.  Before coming to DOH, Vivian worked as a communicable disease Epidemiologist at Public Health Seattle and King County.

Vivian has a background at the lab bench, having completed her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Washington, and also holds a MS in Epidemiology from UW.

Vivian leads the UW Epidemiology course EPI 506 Surveillance Systems and Decision Making in Public Health, which features guest speakers talking about surveillance and decision making across multiple sectors.

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