Faculty Profile

Jennifer Head

Jennifer Head, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

  • PhD Epidemiology, University of California at Berkeley, 2022
  • MPH Global Environmental Health, Emory University 2016
  • BS Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013

Research Interests

Endemic fungal infections; Emerging and zoonotic diseases; Climate and health; mathematical and statistical modeling

Research Projects
The emergence of Valley fever in a changing climate

We seek to understand how environmental changes -- including drought, wildfire, and dust emissions - affect Valley fever incidence in the southwestern US.

Environmental distribution of Valley fever
We are examining how rodent hosts, soil conditions, and landcover affects presence of the Coccidioides pathogen in soils and air.

Population immunity to Valley fever and other endemic mycoses
We are estimating population immunity to endemic mycoses using model-based estimation and population-based surveys.

Email: jrhead@umich.edu

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