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Epidemiology Program

Research in the Epidemiology Program is focused on reducing cancer incidence, progression, and sequalae through the identification of risk factors and the translation of discoveries into preventive strategies. Through population-, laboratory-, and clinic-based research, our faculty aim to uncover knowledge that can inform and improve cancer risk prediction, prevention, prognostication, treatment assignment, surveillance, and overall health.

Our studies ask important public health and clinical questions about environmental, lifestyle, medical, and/or genetic factors that contribute to the incidence, recurrence, and mortality rates for different cancers. Our researchers investigate which genes are potentially modifiable and which ones protect against the development of cancer.

And because the public at-large serves as the source for much of our research, we’re constantly evaluating how risk factors and prognostic profiles vary across populations. We test interventions and lifestyle changes to see which improve outcomes in survivors. We also study cancer risk prediction, screening, and prognostication given the molecular heterogeneity in various types of cancer within different populations.

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Our faculty have a wide range of expertise, with many holding joint appointments or university affiliations.


View upcoming scientific seminars featuring the latest research in epidemiology, prevention, survivorship and long term effects.   

Epidemiology Research Areas

Our research is done through a variety of ways including enrolling patients, using population databases, laboratory-based genetic analysis, etc. We collaborate with researchers across the world to share knowledge and methodologies, creating a more efficient path from research to better care in 3 primary areas of cancer epidemiology: Etiology, Prognostic/Survivorship, and Intervention.

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View epidemiology studies that are working to understand the primary causes of cancer.

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Prognostic & Survivorship

Prognostic & Survivorship

Review epidemiology studies that investigate a cancer patient’s experience during and after cancer therapy.

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Find epidemiology studies that involve behavioral, dietary, or activity interventions and their subsequent effects on cancer prevention, diagnosis, survivorship, etc.

Want to enroll in a current Epidemiology Study


Our work is primarily done through research groups or individual projects. We collaborate with researchers across the Hutch to share knowledge and methodologies, creating a more efficient path to better care and a cure.


We research the causes and impacts of cancer in order to reduce cancer occurrence & suffering and improve survival.

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We work toward the goals of making breast health a priority and reducing disparities in breast cancer outcomes worldwide. 

PNW Prostate Cancer SPORE

This group seeks to coordinate efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with prostate cancer. 


We develop, implement and study  guidelines to improve  breast cancer screening, detection, treatment and outcomes.

Latest Epidemiology News

More Epidemiology News >
Dr. Christopher Li receives the Helen G. Edson Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research Epidemiologist is working to improve early detection of breast cancer February 10, 2022
Science Says: Renew, refocus, reduce risk Lowering risk of cancer through the science of prevention February 4, 2022
7 ways to science your life for the coming year Researchers share evidence-based strategies for managing your health during yet another uncertain year January 14, 2022
In research and cancer care, Indigenous representation matters Fred Hutch, UW researchers work to reduce risk and inequities and improve access to care, resources for Indigenous communities and patients December 6, 2021

Kathi Malone

Program Head

Kara McBroom

Program Operations Director

Jennifer Bell

Research Administrator

Julia Park

Research Administrator

Kari Dempewolf

Administrative Assistant


The Epidemiology Program is located at the Robert W. Day Campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.

Mailing Address:

Epidemiology Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Mail Stop M4-B874
Seattle, WA  98109-1024

Want to join our team?
Find job openings in the Epidemiology Program here!