Heather Young, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

Heather Young, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

Heather A. Young is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

  • Phone: (202) 994-6518
  • Fax: (202)994-0082
  • Email: youngh@gwu.edu
  • Office Address:
    950 New Hampshire Avenue
    508 - Floor 5
    Washington, DC 20052

Professor Young brings a sophisticated knowledge of technology to her work as co-director for the epidemiology track at the School and as consultant to the University's Biostatistics Center Medical Center Unit, where she provides statistical support to researchers in the areas of data management, database design/programming, creation of case report forms and data analysis. She also seeks innovative ways to use technology to deliver lectures and course content. Since joining the School's faculty in 1999, Dr. Young has helped to develop courses on reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, pesticides and cancer, and advanced applied biostatistics. At the George Washington University Medical Center, she serves on the University Committee on the Status of Women: Faculty and Librarians. She also chairs the departmental curriculum committee and serves on the School curriculum committee


Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, 1998
Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology), The George Washington University, 2002


PubH 6249-Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PubH 6099-Advanced SAS
PubH 6099-Pesticides and Cancer
PubH 6260-Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PubH 6247-Design of Health Studies
PubH 6099-Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
PubH 6244 Cancer Epidemiology


Dr. Young's main research interests are focused on reproductive cancers, occupational and environmental exposure assessment, reproductive and perinatal outcomes, and health of military and veteran populations. Her dissertation research evaluated the role of common triazine herbicides in the etiology of ovarian cancer in the Central Valley of California.

Community Service

Professor Young has served as an ad-hoc committee member on the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel, evaluating the evidence concerning prostate cancer and atrazine and reproductive and perinatal effects of chlorpyrifos. She is currently a consultant for the Institute of Medicine's and has assisted in studies of the long-term health effects of participating in Project SHAD in the 1960s,as well as various studies of Gulf War related illness.


  • Biostatistics
  • Chronic Disease
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Occupational Health


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