• Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health
  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Tacoma

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’s primary appointment is in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Washington Tacoma.

  • 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)

AM Ntambue, FK Malonga, KD Cowgill, M Dramaix-Wilmet, P Donnen. Emergency obstetric and neonatal care availability, use, and quality: a cross-sectional study in the city of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2011. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2017; 17(40).

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 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.

J Andreson, K Israel-Ballard, N Dana, J Oketch, E King’ori, D Wojnar, KD Cowgill, B Hepfer. Feeding buddies: a strategy to support safe infant feeding for HIV-positive mothers. Journal of Human Lactation, 2013 Feb 1;29(1):91-94.

Nascimento E, Fernandes DF, Vieira EP, Campos-Neto A, Ashman JA, Alves FP, Coler RN, Bogatzki LY, Kahn SJ, Beckmann AM, Pine SO, Cowgill KD, Reed SG, Piazza FM. A clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the LEISH-F1+MPL-SE vaccine when used in combination with meglumine antimoniate for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Vaccine. 2010 Sep 14;28(40):6581-7.

KD Cowgill, M Ndiritu, J Nyiro, M Slack, S Chiphatsi, A Ismail, T Kamau, I Mwangi, M English, CRJC Newton, DR Feikin, JAG Scott. Effectiveness of Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine introduction into routine childhood immunization in Kenya. JAMA, 2006; 296(6):671-8.