Co-director, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin
Associate professor, Department of Population Health Sciences

Paul Peppard

Paul Peppard is co-director and a founding investigator of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). As co-director, he oversees SHOW epidemiologists, scientists, biostatisticians, and data collection staff to ensure the integrity of data collection procedures and the SHOW biorepository, implementation of quality assurance and quality control procedures, coordination of ancillary study proposals and their implementation, and collaborations with UW-based investigators representing a broad spectrum of health-related practice and research disciplines.

Research interest

Peppard conducts NIH-funded epidemiologic research into the causes and consequences of sleep disorders and sleep behaviors including the impact insufficient sleep on metabolic disturbance and weight gain; the behavioral (e.g., physical inactivity, weight gain, alcohol use) and genetic predictors of sleep apnea; and, outcomes of sleep disorders (e.g., cardiovascular, cognitive dysfunction, depression). Other areas of research interest include health disparities, summary measures of population health, population health monitoring, and the association of the human microbiome and health.


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS, mathematics
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS, preventive medicine
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS, statistics
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD, epidemiology