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New Study to Assess STI Testing and Treatment Strategies for Young Women in South Africa

Celena Adler | February 25, 2021
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The University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) Assistant Professor, Dr. Jennifer Balkus, received an R01 grant from the US National Institutes of Health to assess integration of point-of-care sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and patient-delivered partner treatment for cisgender young women aged 16-25, who are at risk for HIV and other STIs in South...


Epi Before Sunrise: Master’s Student Shengruo Zhang Attends Class From Jinzhou City, China

UW EPI NEWS | February 23, 2021
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Shengruo Zhang began her Master’s of Science in epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW) in September 2020. While attending the UW has been a goal for Shengruo since she was studying international economics and trade as an undergraduate at Liaoning University, she could not have foreseen taking her first few quarters of epidemiology graduate...


Risk factors for child death during an intimate partner homicide

Alexandra de Leon, HIPRC | January 28, 2021
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New study from HIPRC may help direct prevention efforts for child fatality during intimate partner homicides. A new study by the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) examined risk factors for child fatality during intimate partner homicides (IPH). Using data from the National Violence Death Reporting System (NVDRS), researchers at HIPRC, University of Michigan,...


Precarious employment trends indicate increases in income inequality and health disparities

UW EPI NEWS | January 28, 2021
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Quality of work is increasingly recognized as a social determinant of health. In the United States, the number of high-quality, full-time jobs with sufficient salaries and benefits has declined over the last 40 years, whereas the number of low-quality, insecure jobs, also known as precarious employment (PE) has increased. Researchers from the University of Washington...


The WAFOOD survey receives support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Nutritional Sciences Program | January 26, 2021
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Among the several non-profit organizations and programs receiving recent emergency funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the University of Washington Foundation has received a gift in support of the WAFOOD food insecurity survey. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has to date provided $12 million in emergency funding to provide relief to the most vulnerable communities in...


Dornell Pete: Preventing cancer among Navajo People with support from an NCI award

Aspen Avery | January 12, 2021
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In September 2020, Dornell Pete, doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW), received the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) from the National Institute of Health (NIH). This grant will support Dornell’s dissertation research, assessing gastric cancer risk factors for American Indian adults; and her aspired cancer-focused...


Round 2 of Washington study underway to determine food, economic insecurity during pandemic

UW News | December 8, 2020
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Understanding Washington residents’ access to food and their economic well-being – or lack of it – during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital for state and community partners to identify those needs and allocate resources effectively. To help accomplish this goal, the University of Washington, Washington State University and Tacoma Community College, along with input from...


New faculty spotlight: Kristjana Asbjornsdottir

UW EPI NEWS | September 30, 2020
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When Dr. Kristjana Asbjornsdottir arrived at the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) in 2009 to start her MPH studies, she did not realize she would begin a near decade-long partnership with the department – from student to faculty member. Now Acting Assistant Professor in the department, Asbjornsdottir reflects on a life dedicated to public health, beginning...


UW Department of Epidemiology eliminates GRE requirement in graduate program admissions

UW EPI NEWS | September 21, 2020
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The University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) has permanently eliminated the GRE requirement for applicants to its Masters of Public Health, Masters of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy programs.


Largest analysis of lethal means assessments outlines opportunities for suicide prevention and safety planning

Laura East | July 14, 2020
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A new study published in Archives of Suicide Research provides important insights into individual-level uptake of lethal means assessment.


Caitlin Moe, a Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellow, to study violence in Colombia

Sixtine Gurrey | July 10, 2020
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Caitlin Moe, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, has been awarded the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Colombia for her dissertation.


UW Epidemiology members outline steps for inclusivity in epidemiology

Sixtine Gurrey | July 6, 2020
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Members of the University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology have published a letter to the editors of the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) outlining steps for the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) to cultivate greater inclusivity in SER and in epidemiologic research.


UW study describes the use of extreme risk protection order laws in Washington state

Alexandra de Leon | June 29, 2020
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Researchers at University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) and the Department of Epidemiology have conducted the first state-wide study of extreme risk protection orders (ERPO) in Washington State since the law’s implementation in late 2016. The study’s findings were published on June 29, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Examining records from...


Noel Weiss on mentorship, music, and epi methods

Laura East | June 25, 2020
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After nearly 50 years as a member of the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, Professor Noel Weiss’ CV lists nearly 700 epidemiologic articles and books. While Dr. Weiss has published many paramount papers on clinical and cancer epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods, this awesome body of research is truly a testament to Dr. Weiss’ legacy of mentorship to generations of public health researchers and practitioners with whom he’s collaborated.


Students present at 39th Annual EPI 514 Super Epi Results Meeting

Laura East | June 2, 2020
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For nearly forty years, the students enrolled in EPI 514 Application Of Epidemiologic Methods present their final projects to the Department of Epidemiology at the end of the Spring Quarter during the Super Epi 514 Results (SER) Meeting. EPI 514 gives graduate students in epidemiology the opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience analyzing data to answer a specific research...


Claire Rothschild receives predoctoral fellowship to improve family planning in Kenya

Sixtine Gurrey | May 20, 2020
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The Department of Epidemiology (Epi) congratulates Claire Rothschild for receiving an F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The $89,000 predoctoral research award will support her dissertation research on using mobile technology to improve family planning data and outcomes in Kenya, under the mentorship of Dr. Alison Drake, an...


Anna Larsen to study depression among pregnant Kenyan women

Sixtine Gurrey | May 6, 2020
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Congratulations to Anna Larsen, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, who was awarded an F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar Honored with UW Distinguished Teaching Award

UW EPI NEWS | April 29, 2020
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The Department of Epidemiology is proud to share that the University of Washington (UW) Center for Teaching and Learning has named Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar as the 2020-21 UW Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.  Rowhani-Rahbar is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, the Bartley Dobb Professor for Study and Prevention of Violence, the Violence Prevention Section Lead...


Haylea Hannah named 2020-21 Warren G. Magnuson Scholar

Sixtine Gurrey | April 9, 2020
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The Department of Epidemiology is proud to announce that Haylea Hannah, a doctoral candidate in our department, has been named the University of Washington School of Public Health’s 2020-2021 Magnuson Scholar.


Meet our Epi academic Human Resources Manager

UW Epi News | February 3, 2020
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Myra Pacleb joined the Department of Epidemiology (Epi) staff as Academic Human Resources (HR) Manager. In this role, Myra oversees faculty affairs and HR processes for over 170 faculty in the Epi Department.