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Epidemiology is the study of the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in human populations. The mission of the Department is to provide rigorous training in the fundamentals and practice of epidemiology, to contribute to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of disease, and to improve the health of the public through excellence in research.

Important Dates:

  • September 25, Autumn Quarter 2013 begins!



Jennifer Mark, MPH

PhD Student of Epidemiology was the recipient of a summer 2013 Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. Additionally, Jennifer also received a 2013-2014 Boren Awards Fellowship for graduate students to add a modern language component to graduate education studies (more)


Coffee protective against prostate CA recurrence (The Clinical Advisor 09/05/2013)

Blood pressure medication linked to breast cancer risk (FHCRC 09/05/2013)

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known (KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest 08/19/2013)

Popular Heart Drug May Boost Breast Cancer Risk (Drug Discovery & Development 08/15/2013)

In the news

Washington Study Suggests Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease (ASPPH Friday Letter)

Dr. Kristen Upson, the lead author of this study, earned a PhD in epidemiology earlier this year from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.


Stray Prenatal Gene Network Suspected in Schizophrenia (NIH)

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, explains the processes critical for the brain’s development that can be revealed by the mutations that disrupt them.