Jennifer R. Head, PhD, MPH

Assistant Researcher and Lecturer
Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Jennifer Head is an Assistant Researcher in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences who studies the impact of public health policies, climate, animal hosts, and individual behaviors on infectious diseases.

Dr. Jennifer Head, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist and Assistant Researcher in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. She applies mathematical and statistical models to understand the transmission dynamics of zoonotic, emerging, and environmentally-mediated diseases. She has led modeling research examining the impact of COVID-19 mitigation policies in schools, epidemiologic studies examining the impact of climate extremes on emerging infectious diseases, and empirical research on the effect of pediatric vaccination on childhood infections. Much of her work is focused on Valley fever, an emerging fungal pathogen. She investigates how changing climate has led to emergence of this fungal disease in California and leads field study to understand the role of rodents on pathogen presence in soils.

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley 2022
  • MPH, Global Environmental Health, Emory University, 2016
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
  • Emerging, zoonotic, and environmentally-mediated infectious diseases
  • Mathematical and statistical modeling
  • Causal inference approaches for analysis of surveillance data
  • One Health
  • Endemic mycoses
  • PBHLTH W272A: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health
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