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Ekta Choudhary (EIS ’09) collecting water samples in West Virginia

Ekta Choudhary (EIS ’09) collecting water samples in West Virginia

Recent assignments for EIS officers include the following:

  • Investigation of the public health effects of chemical releases through field investigations and analysis of state and national databases.
  • Use of geospatial information science and technology to investigate geospatial risk factors for community health problems.
  • Application of epidemiologic methods to environmental health issues such as drinking water and food safety in domestic and international arenas.
  • Epidemiological support for environmental investigations during outbreaks, natural disaster response, public health emergencies.
  • Use of epidemiological skills to examine the health impacts of land use and community design.
  • Evaluation and disseminations of built environment interventions to facilitate physical activity, reduce pollution and injuries, improve mental health and address environmental justice.
  • Evaluation of data collected under an established state-based childhood blood lead surveillance system and healthy housing research.
  • Epidemiological and technical support to organizations requesting assistance (such as state health departments, foreign ministries of health).
  • Study of air pollution-related health effects, surveillance and investigations of carbon monoxide poisoning and emergency response activities related to public health disasters.
  • Identification and containment of environmental-related illnesses, toxic chemical contaminants in food and water;
  • Applying epidemiology in the public health response to extreme weather-related, and chemical or radiological disasters.
Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens enters data from questionnaires conducted during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens enters data from questionnaires conducted during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Ethan Fechter-Leggett (EIS '13) and Sherry Burrer (EIS ‘008) collecting surveys from volunteers during a CASPER in Elk River Chemical spill, West Virginia

Ethan Fechter-Leggett (EIS '13) and Sherry Burrer (EIS ‘008) collecting surveys from volunteers during a CASPER in Elk River Chemical spill, West Virginia.

Drs. Christensen (left) and Lozier sample for hydrogen sulfide and methane in a community where geothermal venting releases these gases into the air. This was done as part of a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER).

Drs. Christensen (left) and Lozier sample for hydrogen sulfide and methane in a community where geothermal venting releases these gases into the air. This was done as part of a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER).


LCDR Kevin Chatham-Stephens and CDR Ethel Taylor review the results of one of 574 telephone questionnaires conducted by CDC staff and Emory volunteers in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center during an investigation of illness associated with dietary supplements.

LCDR Kevin Chatham-Stephens and CDR Ethel Taylor review the results of one of 574 telephone questionnaires conducted by CDC staff and Emory volunteers in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center during an investigation of illness associated with dietary supplements.

Dr. Ellen Yard and Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens label blood samples obtained during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Dr. Ellen Yard and Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens label blood samples obtained during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Joy Hsu (EIS 2013) communicating with media during a field investigation of the public health effects of a chemical release in West Virginia

Joy Hsu (EIS 2013) communicating with media during a field investigation of the public health effects of a chemical release in West Virginia.


Olaniyi Olyinka (EIS 2013) surveying residents during an investigation of arsenic in drinking water: private wells - New Mexico

Olaniyi Olyinka (EIS 2013) surveying residents during an investigation of arsenic in drinking water: private wells - New Mexico.

Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens organizes food grain samples obtained during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens organizes food grain samples obtained during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.


Ethan Fechter-Leggett and Olaniyi Olayinka (EIS 2013) during an investigation of an outbreak of severe-illnesses associated with the reported use of synthetic cannabinoids - Colorado

Ethan Fechter-Leggett and Olaniyi Olayinka (EIS 2013) during an investigation of an outbreak of severe-illnesses associated with the reported use of synthetic cannabinoids - Colorado.

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