Javier Nieto

F. Javier Nieto, MD, Ph.D., MPH, MHS

F. Javier Nieto, MD, PhD, MPH, MHS

Dean Emeritus
Curriculum Vitae

Academic interests

Dr. Nieto is a physician-epidemiologist with ample experience in epidemiology research and teaching. His main areas of research interest are survey research, epidemiologic methods, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and epidemiology and health consequences of sleep disorders. Specific areas of research interest include the relationship between sleep breathing disorders and inadequate sleep on chronic diseases (including clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease, cancer and mood disorders), as well as furthering our understanding of upstream determinants of health.
He was the founding director of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) and is author or co-author of nearly 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is co-author with of “Epidemiology Beyond the Basics,” an epidemiology textbook widely used in graduate epidemiology programs worldwide. Dr. Nieto trained as an MD in Valencia, Spain, and completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine in Segovia, Spain; a Master of Public Health in Havana, Cuba; and a PhD in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. He started his research career at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he was tenure-track faculty in the Department of Epidemiology for 10 years. In 2002, he became the inaugural Helfaer Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at University of Wisconsin — Madison. He joined Oregon State University in Fall 2016 to become professor and dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, until his retirement in January 2022.


Francisco Javier Nieto (aka F. Javier Nieto, or Javier Nieto) completed his MD degree and a residency in Family and Community Medicine in Spain. His graduate training includes an MPH degree from University of Havana, Cuba, as well as a Master in Health Science (MHS) and a PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. From 1991 to 2001 he was a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2002, he was recruited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become the inaugural Helfaer Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health. He served as chair at UW-Madison for 15 years before joining OSU as Dean of the CPHHS in the fall of 2016.




  • Inaugural Helfaer Professor of Public Health, University of Wisconsin
  • Elected member of the American Society of Epidemiology
  • Elected fellow of the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology
  • Dean's Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2008
  • Ludwig Engel Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, Australia, 2014



  • American College of Epidemiology
  • American Society of Epidemiology
  • American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
  • American Public Health Association
  • Oregon Public Health Association
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Sociedad Española de Epidemiología (Spanish Epidemiologic Society)
  • Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Administración Sanitaria (Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Services Administration)