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Assistant Research Scientist, University of Iowa

Nicole Novak is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University in Michigan and a Masters of Science degrees in Medical Anthropology and Global Health Science from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. Novak conducts epidemiologic and community-engaged research on health and health equity, particularly with regard to psychosocial stress, race and racialization, immigration, rural health and the history of public health.

Specific areas of study include the impacts of immigration enforcement on community health and community-level influences on health and health equity in rural communities. Dr. Novak also collaborates with historians, ethnic studies scholars, and epidemiologists at University of Michigan and elsewhere to study the legacy of state eugenic sterilization programs in the United States.


  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Iowa
  • 2016–2017
    Research Fellow, University of Michigan


  • 2016 
    University of Michigan, PhD Epidemiologic Science
  • 2010 
    University of Oxford, MSc Global Health
  • 2009 
    University of Oxford, MSc Medical Anthropology