Jess Edwards

Jessie K. Edwards, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
2102E McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435


Jessie K. Edwards is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist who focuses on developing and refining quantitative methods to inform public health decisions using imperfect data sources, particularly those prone to missing information and measurement error. Her work focuses on improving the response to HIV and other infectious disease outbreaks in the US, Dominican Republic, and East Africa.

Jessie Edwards in the Gillings News

Research Activities

Epidemiologic Methods and Infectious Diseases

Key Publications

Mortality among people entering HIV care compared to the general US population: an observational study. Edwards JK, Cole SR, Breger T, Rudolph J, Filiatreau L, Buchacz K, Humes E, Rebeiro P, DSouza G, Gill MJ, Silverberg M, Mathews WC, Horberg M, Thorne J, Hall HI, Justice A, Marconi V, Lima V, Bosch R, Sterling T, Althoff K, Moore RD, Saag M, Eron J.  (2021). Annals of Internal Medicine, 174(9), 1197-1206.

Nonparametric estimation of the cumulative incidence function under outcome misclassification using external validation data. . Edwards JK, Bakoyannis G, Yiannoutsos C, Mburu M, Cole SR (2019). Statistics in Medicine, 38(29), 5512-5527.

Association of Race and Ethnicity With Initial Prescription of Antiretroviral Therapy Among People With HIV in the US. Zalla LC, Cole SR, Eron JJ, Adimora AA, Vines AI, Althoff KN, Silverberg MJ, Horberg MA, Marconi VC, Coburn SB, Lang R, Williams EC, Gill MJ, Gebo KA, Klein M, Sterling TR, Rebeiro PF, Mayor AM, Moore RD, Edwards JK.  (2023). JAMA, 329(1), 52-62.

Geographic mobility and treatment outcomes among people in care for tuberculosis in the Lake Victoria region of East Africa: a multi-site prospective cohort study. Mulholland GE, Herce ME, Bahemuka U, Kwena ZA, Kidola J, Okech BA, Bukusi E, OkelloES, Nanyonjo G, Ssetaala A, Seeley J, Emch M, Pettifor A, Weir SS, Edwards JK.  (2023). PLOS Glob Public Health.

Estimating sizes of key populations at the national level: considerations for study design and analysis. Edwards JK, Hileman S, Donastorg Y, Zadrozny S, Baral S, Hargreaves J, Fearon E, Zhao J,Datta A, Weir S. (2018). Epidemiology, 29(6), 795-803.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2013
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2010
  • BS, International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007