Anjum Hajat

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology
Box 357236
Health Sciences F-250E
Seattle, WA 98105-

Research Interests

Dr. Hajat’s current research interests look at understanding the social and environmental stressors that disproportionately impact disadvantaged populations and how these stressors impact a variety of health outcomes, a research area that may have implications for understanding the underlying causes of health disparities. She was awarded a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award to study the intersection of psychosocial stressors and air pollution on CVD. She also conducts research on the impacts of financial instability and precarious work on health outcomes. These upstream factors are critical to better understanding population health. In addition, Dr. Hajat is interested in biomarkers that are impacted by social and environmental stressors; this line of research aims to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms by which social stressors cause disease. Lastly, she is interested in applying novel epidemiologic methods to her research.


PhD Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2010

MPH Epidemiology, International Health, University of Michigan, 1998

BA International Affairs, George Washington University, 1995

In the News

Wildfire smoke’s health impacts have only just begun
Crosscut, 09/21/2020

White parents: Talking to your children about racism is part of the solution
The Hill, 07/11/2020

With coronavirus, prison and jail sentences could become death sentences
The Seattle Times, 03/31/2020

Air pollution could make the COVID-19 pandemic worse for some people
The Verge, 03/19/2020

UW study: Is there a secret recipe for getting the most out of workers?
My Northwest, 10/02/2019

Study finds racial gap between who causes air pollution and who breathes it
NPR, 03/11/2019

Studying the impact of precarious work on health
SPH News, 02/18/2019

High temperatures and air pollution may increase risk of mental illness, suicide
The Revelator, 08/20/2018

Study finds genetic risk for placental abruption
SPH News, 07/11/2018

Scientists say there's a link between taking out 'fringe loans' and reporting health woes
GeekWire, 03/07/2018