Sarah Nash, MPH, PhD


Assistant Professor Sarah Nash of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health

Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department: Epidemiology
Office: S418 CPHB
Phone: (319) 467-4282

Dr. Nash has broad training in cancer epidemiology, cancer surveillance, cancer epidemiology, and community-based participatory research. Dr. Nash’s research blends data science with community engagement to understand and address chronic disease disparities, primarily cancer disparities. Wherever possible, she strives to engage community members in the research process, and she favors a mixed-methods research approach.

Dr. Nash is currently engaged in research in the following areas: leveraging the cancer registry system to understand and address Indigenous and rural cancer disparities; understanding the role of modifiable risk and protective factors in chronic disease etiology; determining the impact of weight and weight stigma in shaping cancer treatment and treatment experiences; and, understanding how experiences of racism experienced by Black and African American Iowans shape engagement in cancer prevention and control behaviors.

In addition to her research, mentoring, and teaching duties, Dr. Nash is the Director of Research, Analytics, and Dissemination at the Iowa Cancer Registry and the Co-Lead of Community Outreach and Engagement at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Epidemiology I
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • Collection of high-quality cancer surveillance data; and use of cancer registry data to understand and address cancer disparities
  • Understanding and addressing health inequities, particularly among Indigenous and rural populations
  • Health services research with a specific focus on cancer screening
  • Role of modifiable risk factors including diet, tobacco use, and physical activity in cancer prevention
  • Role of race- and weight-based discrimination in shaping cancer prevention and control behaviors
  • Community-engaged research methods