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Amanda Janitz

Associate Professor

Amanda Janitz, PhD, MPH, BSN

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-2229, x48081 

Office:  Hudson College of Public Health 

801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 352 

Post Office Box 26901 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73126-0901 



Dr. Amanda Janitz, who is an Associate Professor, has worked in Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) since 2015. After graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she worked as a pediatric oncology nurse. In 2009, she completed a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health with a focus on childhood cancer. Upon graduation, she worked as a Research Nurse in pediatric oncology before returning to the University of Oklahoma in 2010 to complete her doctorate with a goal of contributing to cancer research in Oklahoma. Dr. Janitz is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Dr. Janitz is working on projects to understand health disparities and environmental risk factors related to childhood cancers, including analysis of biomarkers, to understand etiology and survivorship issues. She has worked with tribes or tribal- serving organizations for over ten years. In partnership with Chickasaw Nation, Dr. Janitz is a co-Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded research project to evaluate exposure to both aeroallergens (e.g., pollens) and anthropogenic air pollution (e.g., ozone) and asthma exacerbations using mobile health devices and personal air samplers. Dr. Janitz is also a co-Project Director of the Cherokee Nation Health Analytics Core, a capacity building project of the Cherokee Nation Native American Research Center for Health focused on cancer. Dr. Janitz is also involved in the COVID-19 response in partnership with Cherokee Nation to improve testing and contact tracing and is working with the Oklahoma Shared Clinical Translational Resources Center on an NIH-funded study to evaluate and address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.



  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2015 
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2009 
  • BS, Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2006



  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2023–present
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2019–2023 
  • Assistant Professor of Research in Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2015–2019 


  • BSE 5001 Problems in BSE 
  • BSE 5283 GIS in Health 
  • BSE 5193 Intermediate Epidemiology 


Research Interests: 

  • Childhood cancer 
  • Environmental exposures 
  • Congenital anomalies 
  • Health disparities 


Link to Dr. Janitz's current publications

Select publications:

  1. Gopalani, Sameer; Janitz, Amanda; Martinez, Sydney; Campbell, Janis; Chen, Sixia. HPV Vaccine Initiation and Completion Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults, United States, 2014 [published online ahead of print, 2021 Jun 29]. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2021;10105395211027467. doi:10.1177/10105395211027467 
  1. Lupo, Philip; Petrick, Lauren; Hoang, Thanh; Janitz, Amanda; Marcotte, Erin; Schraw, Jeremy; Arora, Manish; Scheurer, Michael. Using primary teeth and archived dried spots for exposomic studies in children: Exploring new paths in the environmental epidemiology of pediatric cancer [published online ahead of print, 2021 Jun 9]. BioEssays. 2021;e2100030. doi:10.1002/bies.202100030 
  1. Chen, Wei-Jen; Davis, Erin; Stoner, Julie; Robledo, Candace; Goodman, Jean; Garwe, Tabitha; Janitz, Amanda; Xu, Chao; Hwang, Jooyeon; Peck, Jennifer. Urinary total arsenic and arsenic methylation capacity in pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus: A case-control study. Chemosphere. 2021;271:129828. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.129828 
  1. Gopalani, Sameer; Janitz, Amanda; Campbell, Janis. Cervical Cancer Incidence and Mortality among Non-Hispanic African American and White Women, United States, 1999–2015. J Natl Med Assoc. 202;112(6):632-638. doi:10.1016/j.jnma.2020.06.007 
  1. Janitz, Amanda E; Dao, Hanh Dung; Campbell, Janis Elaine; Stoner, Julie A; Peck, Jennifer D. Distribution of congenital anomalies by race/ethnicity and geospatial location in Oklahoma, 1997-2009. Birth Defects Res. 2020 Feb 1;112(3):262-269. doi: 10.1002/bdr2.1631.