Masters Trained Epidemiologist

Department of Epidemiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

Kate Watkins joined the College of Public Health as an Epidemiology Research Specialist in 2006. Since then, she has worked on various cancer and mental health studies as a project manager and data analyst.  One of her accomplishments is development of a population-based surveillance system for adults who are receiving services through public behavioral programs in Nebraska. The surveillance system integrated data from community-based behavioral health programs, state psychiatric hospitals, social services, prisons and jails. Analysis using data from this monitoring system produced reports and briefs to be used by program administrators and policy makers.
In addition to research activities, Kate plays an important role in the college as an instructor. She has contributed toward the epidemiology department’s teaching activities as an M2 ICE instructor and an instructive assistant for two epidemiology courses.  Also, for the project, Mapping Pathways toward a Healthier Future, she serves as an instructor teaching epidemiology and data analysis to tribal public health professionals in the Northern Plains region.  Participants of this project take the knowledge and skills back to their tribal communities to implement community health assessment and program evaluation.


  • 2005, Master of Public Health in Microbial Disease, Yale School of Public Health
  • 2003, Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College

Professional Interests

Kate’s interests include, among others, using satellite imagery, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geostatistical methods and SAS to identify trends and patterns within diseases and disorders.


Contact Kate Watkins
Kate Watkins

984395 University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4395