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Erika Austhof PhD, MPH

Erika  Austhof PhD, MPH

Assistant Research Professor

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

1295 N. Martin Ave
Drachman Hall
PO Box: 245163
Tucson AZ 85724-5163
(520) 626-3507


Erika Austhof PhD, MPH, is an assistant research professor in Epidemiology at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Austhof was an Epidemiologist with the college coordinating public health research projects in food-borne diseases and climate change and health. Her research focuses on understanding how extreme weather and climate change influence food-borne, water-borne, and enteric disease transmission dynamics.


2023 – PhD Epidemiology – University of Arizona
2015 – MPH Epidemiology – University of Arizona
2012 – BS Microbiology – University of Arizona

Selected Publications

Brown HE, Austhof E, Luz PM, Ferguson DB. Economics, health, or environment: What motivates individual climate action? PLOS Clim. 2023;2(8): e0000177.

Austhof E, Bell ML, Riddle MS, Catalfamo CL, McFadden C, Cooper K, Scallan E, Jacobs ET, Pogreba-Brown K. Persisting gastrointestinal symptoms and post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome following SARS-CoV-2 infection: results from the Arizona CoVHORT. Epidemiol Infect. 2022 Jul 8;150:e136.

Austhof E, Brown HE. Flexibility and partnerships perceived as supportive of dual hazard response: COVID-19 and Heat Related Illness, Summer 2020. The Journal of Climate Change and Health. 2021 Oct 1;4:100068.

Austhof E, Boyd K, Schaefer K, McFadden C, Owusu-Dommey A, Hoffman S, et al. Scoping Review of Toxoplasma Postinfectious Sequelae. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2021 Oct 1;18(10):687-701.

Pogreba-Brown K, Austhof E, Armstrong A, Schaefer K, Villa L, et al. Chronic gastrointestinal and joint-related Sequelae Associated with Common Foodborne Illnesses – A Scoping Review. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2019;17(2).

Pogreba-Brown K, Austhof E, Okello A, Weiss J, Lira R, Ernst K. Public Perceptions of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for Influenza and Mosquito-borne Illnesses – A Statewide Survey in Arizona. Perspectives in Public Health. 2019. DOI: 10.1177/1757913919886605

Pogreba-Brown K, Austhof E, Armstrong A, Schaefer K, Villa L, et al. Chronic gastrointestinal and joint-related Sequelae Associated with Common Foodborne Illnesses – A Scoping Review. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2019. DOI: 10.1089/fpd.2019.2692

Pogreba-Brown K, Austhof E, Ellingson K. The Case-Case Study: An Underutilized Tool in Infection Prevention. American Journal of Infection Prevention. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.11.024

Ernst K, Barrett E, Hoswell E, Hayden M. Increasing women’s engagement in vector control: a report from Accelerate to Equal project workshops. BMC Malaria Journal. 2019;17(1):326. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-018-2477-0

Barrett, E, Carr D, Bell ML, Pogreba-Brown K. Post-infectious sequelae after Campylobacter enteric infection: a pilot study in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2018;4(1):142. DOI: 10.1186/s40814-018-0335-z

Pogreba-Brown K, O’Connor P, Matthews J, Barrett E, Bell ML. Case-case analysis of Campylobacter and Salmonella – using surveillance data for outbreak investigations and monitoring routine risk factors. Epidemiology and Infection. 2018;146(15):1916-1921. DOI: 10.1017/S0950268818002200

Pogreba-Brown K, Barrett E. Campylobacter and Ethnicity – A case-case analysis to determine differences in disease presentation and risk factors. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2018;15(5)277-284. DOI: 10.1089/fpd.2017.2337

Hayden M, Barrett E, Bernard G, Toko EN, Agawo M, Okello AM, Gunn J, Ernst K. Barriers and opportunities to advancing women in leadership roles in vector control: perspectives from a stakeholder survey. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2018;98(5):1224-1227. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0693

Barrett E, Barnes S, Pogreba-Brown K. An Experiential Learning Exercise in food-borne illness outbreak investigations: bridging education and experience. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2018;4(1):43-51. DOI: 10.1177/2373379917700440

Oren E, Fiero MH, Barrett E, Anderson B, Nunez M, Gonzalez-Salazar. Detection of Latent Tuberculosis Infection among migrant farmworkers along the US-Mexico Border. BMC Infectious Disease 2017;16(1):630. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-016-1959-3

Zhu L, Barrett E, Xu Y, Liu Z, Manoharan A, et. al. Regulation of Cigarette Smoke (CS)-Induced Autophagy by Nrf2. PLoS One. 2014;9(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055695

Research Interests/Area

  • Food-borne disease
  • Climate change and health
  • Data science
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