School of Public Health

Kobayashi, John

John M. Kobayashi

Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology


MD Stanford University, 1975
MPH Harvard University, 1979

From 1982 to 2001, Dr. Kobayashi was the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases at the Washington State Department of Health. He directed large multi-state foodborne outbreak investigations, and trained over 25 Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers from the Centers for Disease Control (, From 1997-2001, he was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Standards for Foods. From 2001-8, he was a long-term consultant for the Field Epidemiology Training Program at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan (

Research Interests

Infectious diseases

Research Areas 

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