Population Health

Our future in the balance
Blog entry | March 14, 2019
The United Nations' most comprehensive report on the global environment since 2012 finds human activities are damaging the environment at a pace that is endangering the "ecological foundations of human society and natural systems."
A new home for population health
Blog entry | November 26, 2018
The UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) will consolidate into two campus buildings in summer 2020, including the new University of Washington Population Health building now under construction.
Meet our new dean
Blog entry | October 25, 2018
We recently invited students to pose questions to Hilary Godwin, who joined the UW School of Public Health (SPH) as our new dean in July. Godwin is also professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
Nothing about us without us
Blog entry | September 20, 2018
There is a hidden cost to the fresh fruits and vegetables you buy at your local market.
Kidney-on-a-chip goes to space
Blog entry | July 26, 2018
A cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station this winter will carry a breakthrough technology developed at the University of Washington that could help scientists back on Earth transform care for kidney patients.
Promoting healthy aging
Blog entry | June 20, 2018
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of Q-and-A interviews with students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Celebrating our 2018 graduates
Blog entry | June 12, 2018
We’re proud of the 48 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) who graduated this weekend! We can’t wait to see what our graduates will do next. Enjoy this selection of photos from Friday’s DEOHS ceremony at Foege Hall and from Sunday’s School of Public Health celebration at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus.
Introducing our new DEOHS blog
Blog entry | May 11, 2018
We're excited to announce the launch of Health & Safety Matters, our new blog dedicated to stories about the work DEOHS and our partners do to create sustainable communities where everyone has access to clean air, clean water, safe food and safe workplaces.
Chang-Fu Wu
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Chang-fu Wu is an associate professor at the National Taiwan University. He focuses his research on two major areas. One is the optical remote sensing technology. The other one is the exposure assessment and environmental modeling of air pollutants.
Jude Van Buren
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Ming-Yi Tsai
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
I became interested in the characterization of urban air quality after working in Beijing in the mid-1990s. I make measurements to model the spatial and temporal distribution of pollutants. I am particularly interested in bringing new methods and technologies into exposure assessment for air pollution health studies.
Barbara A. Silverstein
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Barbara Silverstein is the Research Director of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program.
Nathaniel Scholz
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Nat is a marine biologist and zoologist by training. He has managed the multidisciplinary Ecotoxicology Program at the Nortwest Fisheries Science Center since 2004. He joined the Center in 1998 as a Postdoctoral Associate with the National Academies of Science and Engineering (National Research Council) after completing a doctorate in zoology from the University of Washington.
Mary Schoen
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Mary Schoen joined Soller Environmental after completing a post-doctoral research position with the US EPA. While with the EPA, Mary developed risk assessment and sustainability assessment tools for natural and engineered water systems. Her work helped to establish the scientific foundation for the development of new 2012 Draft National Ambient Water Quality Criteria.
Walt Rostykus
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Walt Rostykus, Vice President and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, has over 30 years of experience delivering and managing ergonomic, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental programs.
Anne Riederer
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Anne M. Riederer, MS, MSFS, ScD is an environmental health scientist focused on assessing exposures of young children and pregnant women to heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental neurotoxicants. Before moving to Seattle, she was: American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (2010-2012) hosted by Dr.
Marguerite Pappaioanou
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she contributes to the research, teaching, and outreach programs of the Center for One Health Research.
Curtis J. Omiecinski
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Omiecinski's research centers on the molecular genetics and regulation of human xenobiotic detoxication. The laboratory's toxicogenomic investigations seek to characterize critical determinants that specify the underlying mechanisms dictating the variable nature of interindividual responsiveness to drug and chemical exposure.
Gilbert S. Omenn
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Omenn's research focuses on cancer proteomics and informatics. He is especially interested in the role of differential expression of alternative splice isoforms of proteins and transcripts in specific cancer-related pathways. He chairs the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) global Human Proteome Project (www.thehpp.org).
Bruce Millies
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Bruce Millies teaches occupational safety and health continuing education courses. He is a former lawyer who practiced environmental law, took a break from the law to earn an MS in environmental health from the University of Washington, and then somehow forgot to return to being a lawyer.
James Meador
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. James Meador is an environmental toxicologist with NOAA Fisheries in Seattle. He earned a Ph.D. in aquatic toxicology from the University of Washington and has more than 30 years' experience in the field. Jim's research interests are fairly broad and include exposure assessment and characterization of toxic effects for metals, PAHs, tributyltin, PCBs, and contaminants of emerging concern.
Eyob Mazengia
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Mazengia is a Public Health Scientist specializing in Environmental Public Health, Microbiology and Epidemiology of food and waterborne pathogens.
Lesanna Lyn Lahner
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Lahner has been passionate about wildlife conservation since her childhood growing up in rural Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine with a dual degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH). Dr.
Susan Kerr
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Kerr hails from rural upstate NY. She attended Cornell University, receiving a B.S. in Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She entered private practice in a rural mixed animal practice. After 7 years, she matriculated at Kansas State University and received a PhD in Education. Dr.
Elizabeth Dykstra
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Dr. Liz Dykstra is the Public Health Entomologist for the Washington State Department of Health’s Zoonotic Disease Program. After earning her BA in Biology from Luther College, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa.
Robert Duff
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Rob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. Rob's interest's moved from cancer research to toxicology and, in 1993, he received a Master of Science degree from the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Andrew Dannenberg
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses on healthy community design and health impact assessment.
Won-Seok Choi
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Won-Seok Choi, PhD is interested in understanding the mechanisms of neuron death induced in Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease by environmental toxicants. He has investigated signaling pathways triggered by various neurotoxins to define the link to the neuro-degenerative disorders, and to discover therapeutic targets to treat and/or prevent them.
Timothy K. Takaro
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist trained at the University of Washington, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. His work is directed primarily toward determining if linkages exist between occupational or environmental exposures and disease and finding public health based preventive solutions where such hazards exist.
Patricia J. Sparks
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
I have 35 years experience in the field of occupational and environmental medicine in state and federal governments, industry, and private medical practice. I have been administrative head of two sections/departments of occupational medicine and have managed a statewide pilot program to model innovative delivery of occupational medicine services.