School of Public Health

Wasserheit, Judith

Judith Wasserheit

Chair, Global Health
Professor, Global Health
Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


MD Medicine, Harvard University, 1978
MPH Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1989
BA Biochemistry, Slavic Lang & Lit, Princeton University, 1974

Contact Info

University of Washington
UW Dept. of Global Health
1705 NE Pacific St.
Box 357965
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-685-1894

Judith N. Wasserheit, MD, MPH has worked extensively at the interface of STI and HIV clinical-epidemiological research, programs and policy in the U.S. and globally. Currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, she was Chief of the U.S. NIH’s STD Research Branch; Director of the U.S. CDC’s STD Prevention Program, and Director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. She has worked in Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand and Zambia. Her development of the concept of epidemiological synergy between HIV infection and other STDs has had a major influence on HIV prevention policy and programs worldwide.

Dr. Wasserheit has broad experience working with agencies, governments, and colleagues on STD and HIV research, policy and programmatic issues. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and the American Epidemiological Society.

Research Interests

  • Impact of HIV and other STDs on women and adolescents
  • STD/HIV interactions
  • HIV vaccine clinical trials
  • Implementation science


In The News

Boosting Global Health Partnerships for Chinese Universities
SPH News, 04/15/2016

Close Up July 2015: Judith Wasserheit
SPH News, 07/02/2015

Polio Game Boosts Interest in Public Health
Games for Health Journal, 11/25/2014