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Heidi E Brown PhD, MPH

Heidi E Brown PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

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


Heidi E. Brown, PhD, MPH, has a research focus on the epidemiology and control of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Her goal is to identify human disease risk by modeling vector, host and pathogen distributions. The complex nature of the systems she works on diseases requires her to blend field collecting, ecological assessment, laboratory experiments, epidemiological analysis, spatial statistics, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and computer-based modeling in order to develop a more comprehensive view of disease dynamics. Current research areas include: West Nile virus, dengue, canine heartworm, valley fever, spatial epidemiology, and climate change.

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

Current projects involve researchers in the UA Department of Geography ( and Engineering to investigate spatial uncertainty and methods to optimally visualize risk. Through collaborations at the CDC, she is working to develop a model to test trapping effectiveness for Aedes aegypti, the primary dengue vector. This latter project involves both experiments to test vector flight ranges as we as mathematical models of vector abundance and involves experts in the UA Math ( and Entomology ( departments. Finally, she is continuing to quantify the association between climate change and health (

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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., Comrie, A., Drechsler, D., Barker, C.M., Basu, R., Brown, T., Gershunov, A., Kilpatrick, A.M., Reisen, W.K., and Ruddell, D. Review Editor: English, P. Health Effects of Climate Change in the Southwest. Chapter 15, in: Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Technical Report Prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance [Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., and Overpeck, J. (eds.)]. Tucson, AZ: Southwest Climate Alliance.
  2. Sedda, L., Brown, H.E., Purse, B.V., Burgin, L., Gloster, J., Rogers, D.J. “A new algorithm quantifies the roles of wind and midge flight activity in the bluetongue epizootic in North-West Europe.” Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology. 8 February 2012. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2555.
  3. Cox, J., Brown, H.E., Rico-Hesse, R. “Variation in vector competence for dengue viruses does not depend on mosquito midgut binding affinity.” PLoS Neglected Diseases. 2011, 5(5): e1172
  4. Brown, H.E., Yates, K., Dietrich, G., MacMillan, K., Graham, C.B., Reese, S.M., Helterbrand, W.S., Nicholson, W.L., Blount, K., Mead, P., Patrick, S.L., Eisen, R.J. “An acarological survey and Amblyomma americanum distribution map with implications for tularemia risk in Missouri.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2011, 84(3), p. 411-419.
  5. Brown, H.E., Ettestad, P., Reynolds, P., Brown, T., Hatton, E., Holmes, J., Glass, G., Gage, K., and Eisen, R. “Climatic predictors of the intra- and inter-annual distributions of plague cases in New Mexico based on 29 years of animal-based surveillance data.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2010, 82(1), p. 95-102.
  6. 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), p. 427-442.
  7. Brown, H.E., Diuk-Wasser, M.A., Guan, Y., Caskey, S., and Fish, D. “Comparison of three satellite sensors at three spatial scales to predict larval mosquito presence in CT Wetlands.” Remote Sensing of the Environment. 2008, 112(5), p. 2301-2308.
  8. Diuk-Wasser, M.A., Brown, H.E., Andreadis, T.G., and Fish, D. “Modeling the spatial distribution of mosquito vectors for West Nile virus in Connecticut, USA.” Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 2006, 6(3), p. 283-95.

Languages Spoken

English and German

Currently Teaching

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

Research Synopsis

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona