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Heidi E Brown PhD, MPH

Heidi E Brown PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

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.    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: in press.

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

3.    Hansen, V., Oren, E., Dennis, L., Brown, H.E. “Infectious Disease Mortality Trends in the United States, 1980-2014” JAMA. 2016. 316(20):2149 doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12423.

4.    Brown, H.E., Barrera, R. Comrie, A.C., Lega, J. “Effect of temperature thresholds on modeled Aedes aegypti population dynamics” J Med Entomol. 2017:00(0):1-9.

5.    Lega, J., Brown, H.E., Barrera, R. “Aedes aegypti abundance model improved with relative humidity and precipitation-driven egg hatching” J Med Entomol (in press). doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx077.

6.    Brown, H.E., Cox, J., Comrie, A.C., Barrera, R. “Habitat and density of oviposition opportunity influences Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) flight distance” J Med Entomol. 2017:00(0):1-5. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx083.

7.    Bui, D., Brown, H., Harris, R., and Oren, E. “Serologic evidence for fecal-oral transmission of Helicobacter pyloriAm J Trop Med Hygiene. 2016, 94(1): 82-8. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0297.

8.    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.

9.    Brown, H.E., Young, A., Lega, J.,Andreadis, T.G., Schurich, J., andComrie, A. “Projection of climate change influences on U.S. West Nile virus vectors” Earth Interactions. 2015, 19:1-18. doi:

10. Clark, R., Taylor, A., Garcia, F., Krone,T. and Brown, H.E. “Recognizing the role of skunks in human and animal rabies exposures” Vector-Borne Zoonotic Diseases. 2015, 15(8): 494-501. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2014.1719.

11. Sedda, L., Brown, H.E., Purse, B.V., Burgin, L., Gloster, J., and 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. 2012, 279: 787-793.  doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2555

12. 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: 

The University of Arizona