Population Health

Facing wildfire smoke amid COVID-19
Blog entry | July 20, 2020
When Jake asked me to go on a sunset hike, I knew what was coming. We were in our favorite place: the Methow Valley of Eastern Washington. When we crested the top of the mountain, a few sunrays peeked through the clouds, lighting up the fertile valley below. Still, when he got down on one knee, I was surprised, and overcome with happiness. Life seemed full of promise.
Can trees clean up jet pollution?
Blog entry | June 25, 2020
  Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park, once called trees the lungs of the city. Trees and shrubs filter a variety of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter. But could they also benefit communities near airports by absorbing harmful ultrafine particles from aircraft exhaust?
Master of disaster
Blog entry | June 17, 2020
Given the extraordinary challenges of this year’s pandemic, the students of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) needed a superhero. Watch a student video honoring Nicole Errett
Food systems students foster resilience
Blog entry | June 02, 2020
This spring, the first group of undergraduates to complete the UW Nutritional Sciences Program’s Food Systems, Nutrition and Health major are taking the knowledge they’ve acquired and applying it to help their communities.
Finding beauty in the details
Blog entry | May 20, 2020
Alexa Yadama BS, Environmental Health Hometown Pullman, WA Future plans A career in environmental or public health, and eventually a master’s in public health. “ I really appreciate mixing public health with my science background and helping people with the knowledge I have.”
Latino Center honors DEOHS scholars
Blog entry | May 19, 2020
Magali Blanco and Gabino Abarca from the University of Washington School of Public Health were selected to take part in the inaugural Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Fellowship program.
Coronavirus guidance for farming, forestry and fishing
Blog entry | April 29, 2020
Each spring, seasonal farmworkers arrive in the Pacific Northwest for the planting season. This year, they’ve been met with a public health emergency.
Can pets get COVID-19?
Blog entry | April 17, 2020
Are our pets at risk for COVID-19?
The water protector
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Ola i ka Wai. Water is life. Tyler Gerken MS, Environmental Health Hometown: Kea’au, Hawai’i Island, HI Future plans: A career in the US Public Health Service, perhaps as an environmental health officer for the National Park Service or the Indian Health Service
Most people can’t work from home
Blog entry | April 08, 2020
Read the news release about Baker's study
Food in the time of coronavirus
Blog entry | March 30, 2020
Ensuring that all people have access to healthy food is a challenge in the best of times, but it has become even more daunting during the current pandemic.
Share your pandemic story
Blog entry | March 25, 2020
How are you coping with the COVID-19 outbreak? What are your family and your community doing to adapt to life under Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order with gatherings banned, travel curtailed and schools and nonessential businesses closed?
TB screening made easy
Blog entry | March 24, 2020
People wait in line at a TB clinic in Bangladesh. Photo: Gerard Cangelosi
Catching waterborne disease before it spreads
Blog entry | March 23, 2020
Water is essential for life, but in communities with inadequate sanitation, it can also spread diseases like polio, typhoid and hepatitis A. By monitoring wastewater and water sources contaminated by wastewater for pathogens in fecal matter, researchers and public health workers can help stop waterborne illnesses in their tracks.
From Washington to Kyrgyzstan
Blog entry | March 11, 2020
How did Esther Min, a graduate student in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), end up at a six-hour-long dinner in Kyrgyzstan?
Are travel bans effective?
Blog entry | February 07, 2020
  Countries including the US are taking dramatic steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, with some barring entry to anyone who has recently visited China. But do travel bans work?
DEOHS faculty win global innovation awards
Blog entry | January 31, 2020
University of Washington students and faculty will tackle pressing health concerns on three continents with the support of awards from the UW Global Innovation Fund to five DEOHS faculty members.
Responding now to climate change
Blog entry | January 21, 2020
Many state and local health agencies recognize the threat of climate change but need more resources and clearer, more flexible guidance to reduce its impact on public health, according to a new study from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
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.
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.