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Dr. Thomas Burke


The development of new approaches to environmental health surveillance, and the application of health risk assessment to public policy.


Professor and Associate Chair at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
Joint Appointments in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the School of Medicine Department of Oncology
Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Excellence in Environmental Public Health Tracking and the Center for Excellence in Environmental Health Practice.
Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute


Ph.D., epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania M.P.H., University of Texas

Research Summary

Dr. Burke’s research interests include environmental epidemiology, the evaluation of community exposures to environmental pollutants, the assessment and communication of environmental risks, and the application of epidemiology and health-risk assessment to public policy. He is a principal investigator for the Pew Environmental Health Commission-aimed at revitalizing the national infrastructure for environmental health. Dr. Burke is the chair of the Advisory Committee to the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control. He is particularly interested in health and environment in the cities.



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