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WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D.

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WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D.


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  • Associate Professor (Educator), Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology & Population Health Sciences
  • Director, PhD in Epidemiology Program


Research Interests

• Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
• Obesity
• Weight loss practice among teenagers
• Lifestyle Risk Behaviors
• Health Disparities
• Educational research on Ethics (responsible conduct of research) and epidemiology


1998 Ph.D.
University of South Florida
1992 M.S.
Western Illinois University
1986 MBBS (Medical Degree)
Institute of Medicine I



Dr. Hlaing is an Epidemiologist and an Associate Professor of professional practice (Educator) in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS), at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine.   She is also the Director of PhD in Epidemiology program in the DPHS.  Previously, she held a tenured faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University (FIU) of Miami.  She practiced as a physician before pursuing her graduate degrees Health Sciences and Epidemiology. Dr. Hlaing's teaching career began during her graduate studies in early 1990s.  She was a recipient of two prestigious awards at FIU: Faculty Senate’s Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and Stempel Public Health Association (SPHA)’s Faculty Advisor Award.  She currently teaches core and elective epidemiology courses in the Master’s, PhD, and MD/MPH programs in the DPHS at UM:  Fundamentals of Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiologic Methods I and II, Ethics in Epidemiology, and Chronic Disease Epidemiology.  

Dr. Hlaing’s current research interests focus on the areas of obesity and cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Other research involves weight status and extreme weight loss practice among Florida youth.   She serves on several DPHS committees: Admission, Curriculum, and Graduate Executive Program Committees.  In external activities, she serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE), and the Educational Committee of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).