Naomi Thyden, PhD Epidmiology student


Advisor: Theresa Osypuk, SD

Bio: After earning my MPH in Epidemiology in 2014, I spent three years at the Minnesota Department of Health as an epidemiologist before returning to the University of Minnesota to pursue a PhD. My time in public health practice made it clear that there is a need for research that informs solutions to health disparities. My research focus is on institutional policies and fundamental causes of racial health disparities. 

I am a Graduate Research Assistant for an R01 NIH grant to analyze data from Moving to Opportunity, which randomized families to one of several publicly-funded housing options. 

Areas of interest: health equity, maternal and child health, injury prevention, public health policy, tobacco prevention, social determinants of health


Choi K, Taylor N, Forster JL. Sources and number of coupons for cigarettes and snus received by a cohort of young adults. American Journal of Health Promotion 32(1): 153-160, 2018. PMCID: PMC5725276.

Thyden, N., Quick, M., Kinde, M., Roesler, J. (July/Aug 2016) Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths in Minnesota: Informing Prevention Strategies, Minnesota Medicine, 41 – 43.

Taylor, N., Choi, K., & Forster, J. (2015). Snus Use and Smoking Behaviors: Preliminary Findings From a Prospective Cohort Study Among US Midwest Young Adults. American Journal of Public Health, 105(4), 683-685.

Conference Presentations:

Naomi Thyden, Nicole M. Schmidt, Theresa L. Osypuk, “The health effects and inequalities of the death of family members in young adults” Society for Epidemiologic Research Conference, Baltimore, MD, June 2018

Theresa L. Osypuk, Nicole M. Schmidt, Naomi Thyden, Aaron Berger, John Robert Warren, M. Maria Glymour "Will the rise of for-profit colleges erode the population health advantages associated with higher education?" Society for Epidemiologic Research, Baltimore, MD, June 2018

Theresa L. Osypuk, Nicole M. Schmidt, Naomi Thyden, Aaron Berger, John Robert Warren, M. Maria Glymour "Does Attending a for-Profit College Erode the Population Health Benefits of Higher Education? a Lifecourse Approach for Unpacking Educational Inequality in Young Adulthood" Population Association of America, Denver, CO,  April 2018

Naomi Thyden, Mariah Quick, Jon Roesler. “Bias in Surveillance: Unequal Investigations for Unexpected Infant Deaths” CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016

Naomi Thyden, Mariah Quick, Jon Roesler. 2016. “Child Mortality Reviews in Minnesota and Alaska: How a New Format can Breathe Life into an Old Process” Safe States Conference, Albuquerque NM, April 2016

Naomi Thyden, Mark Kinde, Jon Roesler “Explaining the Unexplained: Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths” Minnesota Childhood Injury Summit, Vadnais Heights, MN, September 2015

Kelvin Choi, Naomi Thyden, Jean Forster. "Snus experimentation as a gateway to smoking among young adults" Society for Research of Nicotine and Tobacco conference in Seattle, WA, February 2014