Candice Yang Johnson, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health

Candice Johnson is an epidemiologist who studies how workplace exposures and work-related policies affect the health of workers and their families. Her research interests include fluid intake and bathroom access at work, women’s health, reproductive health, epidemiologic methods, and the roles of racism and gender discrimination in occupational health inequities.

Before coming to Duke, Dr. Johnson spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and six years as an Epidemiologist at CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where she studied workplace hazards in populations such as flight attendants, teachers, and nurses. She also deployed in support of CDC's Ebola and Zika virus responses. Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Epidemiology from Emory University and MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa (Canada). 

Education and Training

  • University of Ottawa (Canada), M.S. 2008
  • Emory University, Ph.D. 2012


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Lowry RB, Johnson CY, Gagnon F, Little J. Segregation analysis of cleft lip with or without cleft palate in the First Nations (Amerindian) people of British Columbia and review of isolated cleft palate etiologies. Birth Defects Research Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 2009 Jun;85(6):568–73.
Little J, Higgins JPT, Ioannidis JPA, Moher D, Gagnon F, von Elm E, et al. STrengthening the REporting of Genetic Association studies (STREGA): an extension of the STROBE Statement. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2009 Feb;150(3):206–15.
Johnson CY, Little J. Folate intake, markers of folate status and oral clefts: is the evidence converging? International Journal of Epidemiology. 2008 Oct;37(5):1041–58.