Epidemiology Faculty

Program Faculty

Epidemiology

Our diverse and talented faculty are epidemiological experts who study how a variety of factors affect human health, including climate change, complex chronic disease management, disease prevention and management, disaster preparedness, foodborne outbreaks, healthy aging, HIV, maternity care, and pollutants at work, at home and in the environment.

Primary faculty

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Jeffrey Bethel, PhD

Jeff Bethel, PhD
Associate Professor

Jeff's research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impacts of infectious disease outbreaks and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations.

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Marit L. Bovbjerg, PhD

Marit Bovbjerg, PhD
Assistant Professor
(Program Director)

Marit's research focuses on US maternity care, particularly midwifery and community birth for low-risk women. She is also interested in physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and potential effects on maternal outcomes.

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Matthew Bozigar, PhD

Matthew Bozigar, PhD
Assistant Professor

Matt is interested in place-based social and environmental influences on health and health disparities.

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Ellen Smit, PhD, RD

Ellen Smit, PhD RD
Professor

Ellen's research is focused on diet, metabolism, and physical activity in relation to both chronic disease and HIV infection in diverse populations.

Associated faculty

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Perry Hystad, PhD

Perry Hystad, PhD
Associate Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health

Perry's research uses spatial exposure assessment methods to determine the chronic health effects associated with exposure to air pollution, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer.

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Yumie Takata, PhD

Yumie Takata, PhD
Associate Professor
Nutrition

Yumie's research focuses on the etiological roles of nutritional factors in cancer and chronic disease.

Recent publications

(This is not an exhaustive list. We are still rebuilding our database of faculty publications. Visit individual faculty profiles for more extensive lists of their publications.)

2024

Govier, D.J., Niederhausen, M., Takata, Y., Hickok, A., Rowneki, M., McCready, H., Smith, V.A., Osborne, T.F., Boyko, E.J., Ioannou, G.N., Maciejewski, M.L., Viglianti, E.M., Bohnert, A.S., O’Hare, A., Iwashyna, T.J., Hynes, D.M.  (2024)  Risk of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations After SARS-CoV-2 Infection  JAMA Network Open  7
Bozigar, M., Laden, F., Hart, J.E., Redline, S., Huang, T., Whitsel, E.A., Nelson, E.J., Grady, S.T., Levy, J.I., Peters, J.L.  (2024)  Aircraft noise exposure and body mass index among female participants in two Nurses’ Health Study prospective cohorts living around 90 airports in the United States  Environment International  
Erickson, E.N., Hersh, S.R., Wharton, M.R., Bovbjerg, M.L., Tilden, E.L.  (2024)  The Role of Passive Descent and Epidural Analgesia in Outcomes Associated With Prolonged Pushing Among Nulliparous Individuals in Midwifery Care  Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health  
Pierce, C., Branscum, A., Irvin, V.L., Elander, J., Bovbjerg, M.L., Witkop, M.L., Smit, E.  (2024)  Pain attitudes and pain outcomes among people with bleeding disorders: Results from community voices in research  Haemophilia  
Lawless, J.W., Diel, D.G., Wagner, B., Cummings, K.J., Meredith, G., Parrilla, L., Plocharczyk, E., Lawlis, R., Hillson, S., Dalziel, B.D., Bethel, J., Lubchenco, J., McLaughlin, K.R., Haggerty, R., Higley, K., Nieto, F.J., Radniecki, T.S., Kelly, C., Sanders, J., Cazer, C.L.  (2024)  Representative Public Health Surveys Pose Several Challenges: Lessons Learned Across Nine Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic  AJPM Focus  3(2)

2023

Jiménez, R.B., Bozigar, M., Janulewicz, P.A., Lane, K.J., Hutyra, L.R., Fabian, M.P.  (2023)  School Greenness and Student‐Level Academic Performance: Evidence From the Global South  GeoHealth  7(8)

2022

Bethel, J.W.  (2022)  Wastewater Surveillance Provides a Powerful Tool for Monitoring and Controlling Communicable Diseases  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice  28(2)

2020

Amantia, R., Irvin, V.L., Smit, E., Seifert, J.R., Garcia, J.  (2020)  Human trafficking: The relationship between government efforts & survivor punishment  Global Public Health  15(10)
Ahmed, S.M., Branscum, A.J., Welch, B.M., Megowan, M., Bethel, J.W., Odden, M.C., Joya, S.A., Ibn Hasan, M.O., Lin, P.D., Mostofa, G., Quamruzzaman, Q., Rahman, M., Christiani, D.C., Kile, M.L.  (2020)  A prospective cohort study of in utero and early childhood arsenic exposure and infectious disease in 4- to 5-year-old Bangladeshi children  Environmental Epidemiology  4(2)

2017

Bethel, J.W., Spector, J.T., Krenz, J.  (2017)  Hydration and Cooling Practices Among Farmworkers in Oregon and Washington  Journal of Agromedicine  22(3)