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Public Health Faculty & Staff

Jooyeon Hwang, PhD

Jooyeon Hwang, PhD
- Assistant Professor


  • Industrial Hygiene (EOHS 570)
  • Air Quality Management (PH 571)
  • Environmental Management and Risk Assessment (PH 560)
  • Environmental Science (ENV 280)
  • Fundamental of Industrial Hygiene (ENV 321)



Dr. Jooyeon Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hwang received her Ph.D. in Industrial Hygiene (major) and in Biostatistics (minor) and M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on evaluation of the relationship between occupational exposure to specific contaminants and adverse health effects in several different industries including mining, agricultural, and public safety (firefighters). In particular, her research conducts the development of new exposure assessment methods to characterize occupational exposures for health studies.

Research Interests/Grants

Exposure assessment, Statistical model, Health effects, Cancer, Exposure sciences, Air contaminants, Bioaerosols, Occupational Health, Industrial hygiene, Biomarkers.

  • Assessment of diesel particulates in fire departments using different exposure metrics, CDC/NIOSH Pilot Research Project Training Program of the University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center, Principal Investigator, 2017-2018
  • Evaluation of accumulated contaminants on firefighter vehicles, Western Kentucky University Research & Creative Activities Program (RCAP), Principal Investigator, 2016-2017
  • Qualitative approach to assessing exposure to fire smoke and occupational air contaminants for firefighters, Western Kentucky University College of Health and Human Services Quick Turn Around Grants (QTAG), Principal Investigator, 2016
  • Occupational Exposure to Endotoxins in Airborne Particles in Kentucky’s Equine Industry,  CDC/NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program – South Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, Principal Investigator, 2015-2016

Selected Publications

  • Jooyeon Hwang, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Peter Raynor, Bruce Alexander, Jeff Mandel. A Comprehensive Assessment of Exposures to Respirable Dust and Silica in the Taconite Mining Industry. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 14:5, 377-388, 2017, PMID: 28388309
  • Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Jooyeon Hwang, Peter Raynor, Bruce Alexander, Jeff Mandel, Response to Letter to the Editor by Weill et al. In reference to Hwang at al. “The Relationship Between Various Exposure Metrics for Elongate Mineral Particles (EMP) in the Taconite Mining and Processing Industry” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene,11:613-624, 2015, PMID: 25616980
  • Jooyeon Hwang, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Peter Raynor. The relationship between various exposure metrics for elongated mineral particles (EMP) in the taconite mining and processing industry. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 11(9): 613-24, 2014, PMID: 24512074
  • Jooyeon Hwang, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Peter Raynor, Bruce Alexander, Jeff Mandel. A comprehensive assessment of exposures to elongated mineral particles (EMP) in the taconite mining industry. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. Oct;57(8):966-78, 2013, PMID: 23792972
  • John Adgate, Sudipto Banerjee, Mei Wang, Lisa McKenzie, Jooyeon Hwang, Sook Ja Cho, Gurumurthy Ramachandran. Performance of dust allergen carpet samplers in controlled laboratory studies. Journal of exposure science and environmental epidemiology, Jul; 23(4):385-91, 2012, PMID: 23281430
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