DeAnn Lazovich, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

DeAnn Lazovich

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-9099

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Laurie Zurbey

Administrative Email

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington

BS, Health Science, California State University


My research focuses on cancer epidemiology, prevention, and cancer control, including cancer-related risk factors, factors associated with cancer development or survivorship, and cancer interventions. My specific expertise is in skin cancer prevention and risk factors for melanoma, including indoor tanning use and quality of life among cancer survivors. 


Aging, chronic diseases, environment & exposures, cancer, prevention, epidemiology, screening, melanoma, UV protection, quality of life, cancer survivorship

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, Masonic Cancer Center, "Skin Health Study for Translational Research, Phase 2," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, CDC, "Reducing UV Exposure to Prevent Skin Cancer: Media Communication Messages and Strategies," Co-Investigator


See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Vogel RI, Strayer LG, Engelman L, Nelson HH, Blaes AH, Anderson KE, Lazovich D. "Sun Exposure and Protection Behaviors among Long-term Melanoma Survivors and Population Controls," Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, March 2017
  • Lazovich D, Isaksson Vogel R, Weinstock MA, Nelson HH, Ahmed RL, Berwick M. "Association Between Indoor Tanning and Melanoma in Younger Men and Women," JAMA Dermatology, March 2016
  • Nomura SJ, Inoue-Choi M, Lazovich D, Robien K. "WCRF/AICR recommendation adherence and breast cancer incidence among postmenopausal women with and without non-modifiable risk factors," International Journal of Cancer, Feb 2016
  • Blair CK, Robien K, Inoue-Choi M, Rahn W, Lazovich D. "Physical inactivity and risk of poor quality of life among elderly cancer survivors compared to women without cancer: the Iowa Women's Health Study," Journal of Cancer Survivorship, Feb 2016
  • Vogel RI, Ahmed RL, Nelson HH, Berwick M, Weinstock MA, Lazovich D. "Exposure to indoor tanning without burning and melanoma risk by sunburn history." Journal of the National Cancer Institute, June 2014



  • PubH 6320, Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • PubH 6390, Screening for Diseases: Methods, Practice, and Controversies
  • PubH 6673, Grantwriting for Public Health

Community Engagement


In The News

In The Media:

  • Sunscreen ingredient revealed as necessary for best skin protection (Daily Mail Online)
  • Tanning Industry, Taxed Under Obama, Cheers G.O.P Health Bill (New York Times)
  • 2016's best & worst cities for your skin. WalletHub
  • Indoor tanning can heighten melanoma risk sixfold. Huffington Post.
  • Earlier and more frequent tanning bed use by women associated with melanoma incidence and age at diagnosis. Oncology Nurse Advisor

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