Environmental Epidemiology


The research of the following faculty emphasizes Environmental Epidemiology:

Joseph Braun Tongzhang Zheng
Karl Kelsey Postdocs:
David Savitz Megan Romano
Gregory Wellenius Shaina Stacy

Current Projects

  • HOME Study
    • The HOME study (Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment) includes a cohort of 389 mothers and their children in Cincinnati who have been followed since pregnancy
  • EARTH Study
  • PROGRESS Study
  • Air Pollution and Preeclampsia
  • Cardiovascular health effects of ambient air pollution in the Women's Health Initiative
    • The Women's Health Initiative was initiated by NIH in 1991 to address major health issues causing morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women.
  • MOBILIZE Boston Study
    • The Maintenance of Balance, Independent Living, Intellect and Zest in the Elderly of Boston.  The purpose of the MOBILIZE Boston Study is to collect information about the health and well-being of older people in the Boston area in order to learn how older adults can stay healthy and continue to live independently as long as possible.
  • Cardiovascular health effects of indoor airpollution in Western Kenya and Hyderabad,India
  • Outdoor environment and maternal health inRI
  • Outdoor environment and maternal health in the Born in Bradford Study
  • Climate change health effects
  • Environmental epigenetics of developmentand cancer
  • Immunomethylomics


PHP 2220E Topics in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (Spring)
This course introduces students to the epidemiological study of historical and contemporary environmental/occupational agents, focusing on study design, biases, and methodological tools used to evaluate and extend the evidence linking exposures to human disease. The course will discuss applications, strengths, and limitations of different study designs and their use in studying specific environmental agents. Didactic lectures and student-led discussions will be used to provide students with a basic understanding of and the tools to apply/extend their knowledge of specific environmental agents (endocrine disruptors) and special topics (children's neurodevelopment). 

PHP 1700: Introduction to Environmental Health
PHP 2240: Environmental Epi Methods