• Affiliate Assistant Professor, Global Health

Seattle, WA
United States

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Karen Cowgill is an epidemiologist based in Seattle. Her main research interests are in the area of maternal and child health, including reducing maternal mortality and improving breastfeeding and child nutrition, infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood, and parasitic infections. Dr. Cowgill most recently assisted Public Health-Seattle & King County on the COVID-19 response.

  • BA (Cornell University)
  • BSN (Columbia University)
  • MPH (Columbia University)
  • PhD (Johns Hopkins University)
  • MSc (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK))
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)

KD Cowgill, AM Ntambue. Hospital detention of mothers and their infants at a large provincial hospital: a mixed-methods descriptive case study, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. BMC Reproductive Health. 2019; 16:111. doi: 10.1186/s12978-019-0777-7.

AM Ntambue, FK Malonga, KD Cowgill, M Dramaix-Wilmet, P Donnen. Incidence of catastrophic expenditures linked to obstetric and neonatal care at 92 facilities in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2015. BMC Public Health. 2019; 19:948. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7260-9

KD Cowgill, J Bishop, AK Norgaard, CE Rubens, MG Gravett. Obstetric fistula in low-resource countries: an under-valued and under-studied problem - systematic review of its incidence, prevalence, and association with stillbirth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2015 Aug 26;15(1):193.

DV Colombara, ASG Faruque, KD Cowgill, JD Mayer. Cholera risk factors among hospital patients with severe diarrhea in rural and urban Bangladesh, 2000-2008: a case-case study of cholera and shigellosis. BMC Infectious Diseases, 2014 Aug 1514:440.