Anjum Hajat

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology
Box 351619
Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, 870
Seattle, WA 98195-

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

New research project aims to reduce asthma cases in Duwamish valley
KUOW, 05/31/2023

Lower your risk for dementia by spending time in nature
The Washington Post, 02/02/2023

Young kids who breathe polluted air in high-poverty areas can fall behind in school, study finds
The Washington Post, 11/30/2022

In King County, pollution makes ZIP codes predictors of your health
Crosscut, 11/02/2020

Amid worst air in the world, many unhoused communities left unprotected
Vice, 09/25/2020

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