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Heidi E Brown PhD, MPH

Heidi E Brown PhD, MPH

Professor and Program Director, Epidemiology

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

1295 N. Martin Ave
Drachman Hall A249
PO Box: 245211
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-2262


Heidi E. Brown, PhD, MPH, has a research focus on understanding vector-borne and zoonotic disease transmission dynamics as a means of improving disease control. She works to identify human disease risk through modeling vector, host and pathogen distributions. Current research areas include vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, spatial epidemiology, and climate change.

Teaching areas include undergraduate epidemiology and a graduate level spatial epidemiology course.

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Research Interests

  • Vector-borne disease
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Climate change and health


  • 2007    Ph.D., Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Department of Epidemiology, Yale University
  • 2006    M.Phil., Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Department of Epidemiology, Yale University
  • 1999    M.P.H., Division of Global Health, School of Public Health, George Washington University
                Major: International Health Promotion
  • 1995    B.S., Department of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
                Major: Psychology, Minor: Biology

Selected Publications

1.            Brown, H.E., Dennis, L., **Lauro, P.L., Purva, J., **Pelley, E., Oren. E. “Emerging Evidence for Infectious Causes of Cancer in the United States” Epidemiologic Reviews. 2019, 41(1): in press.

2.            Smiley-Evans, T., Shi, Z., Boots, M., Wenjun, L., Olival, K., Xiao, X., VandeWoude, S., Brown H.E., Chen, J.L., Civitello, D., Escobar, L.E., Grohn, Y.T., Li, H., Lips, K.R., Liu, Q., Liu J., Martinez Lopez, B., Shi., J., Shi., X., Xu, B., Lihong, Y.L., Zhu, Y., Getz, W.M. “Synergistic China-US Ecological Research is Essential for Global Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness” EcoHealth, 2020,

3.            Gonzalez, P., Garfin, G.M., Breshears, D.D., Brooks, K.M., Brown, H.E., Elias, E.H., Gunasekara, A., Huntly, N., Maldonado, J.K., Mantua, N.J., Margolis, H.G., McAfee, S., Middleton, B.R., and Udall, B.H. (2018). Southwest. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., Avery, C.W., Easterling, D.R., Kunkel, K.E., Lewis, K.L.M., Maycock, T.K., and Stewart, B.C. (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH25

4.            Luz, P.M., **Johnson, R.E., Brown, H.E. “Workplace availability, risk group and perceived barriers predictive of 2016-17 influenza vaccine uptake in the United States: a cross-sectional study” Vaccine. 2017, 35(43):5890-5896.

5.            Brown, H.E., **Mu, W., Khan, M., Tsang, C., Liu, J., Tong, D. “Spatial scale in environmental risk mapping: A Valley fever case study” J Public Health Research. 2017, 6(2):886. doi: 10.4081/jphr.2017.886

6.            **Murakami, T., **Scranton, R. Brown, H.E., Harris, R.B., Chen, Z., Musuku, S., and Oren, E. “Management of Helicobacter pylori in the United States: Results from a national survey of gastroenterology physicians” Preventive Medicine. 2017, 100:216-222. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.021.

7.            Brown, H.E., Cox, J., Comrie, A.C., Barrera, R. “Habitat and density of oviposition opportunity influences Aedes aegypti(Diptera: Culicidae) flight distance” J Medical Entomology. 2017, 54(5):1385-1389. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx083.

8.            Lega, J. and Brown, H.E. “Data-driven outbreak forecasting with a simple nonlinear growth model.” Epidemics. 2016, 17:19-26.

9.            Nsoesie, E.O., Ricketts, P., Brown, H.E., Fish, D., Durham, D.P., Mbah, M.L.N., Trudy, C., Ahmed, S., Marcellin, C., **Shelly, E., Owers, K., Wenzel, N., Galvani, A.P., and Brownstein, J.S. “Spatial and Temporal Clustering of Chikungunya Virus Transmission in Dominica” PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2015, 9(8):e0003977. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003977.

10.          Purse, B.V., Brown, H.E., Harrup, L., PPC Mertens, and Rogers D.J., “Invasion of bluetongue and other orbivirus infections into Europe: the role of biological and climatic processes.” Revue scientifique et technique. 2008, 27(2): 427-442.

Languages Spoken

English and German

Currently Teaching

  • CPH 676:  Spatial  Epidemiology (spring semester)
  • CPH 309:  Introduction to Epidemiology (spring semester)
Curriculum Vitae: 

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