Bruce H. Alexander, PhD

Professor and Division Head, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1994

MS, Environmental Health, Colorado State University, 1987

BS, Environmental Health, Colorado State University, 1984


I am an occupational and environmental epidemiologist with research interests in environmental determinants of cancer and respiratory disease, injury prevention and control, One Health, the health of agricultural populations, and global health. My work focuses on the development of multidisciplinary approaches to address complex public health problems and building public health research and practice capacity


Occupational and environmental epidemiology environment and exposures, infectious disease, injuries, epidemiology, occupational health, One Health, global health, agricultural health

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Mayo Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, 2016
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Minnesota, 2002

Professional Associations

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • American College of Epidemiology
  • International Commission on Occupational Health
  • Delta Omega


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2021, CDC/NIOSH, "Upper Midwest Agricultural Health and Safety Center," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2018, NIH NCI, "Cancer and Other Disease Risks in U S Radiologic Technologists: Virtual Pooled Cancer Registry Follow-up," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, 3M, "Cancer Incidence in PFOS Exposed Workers," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, National Pork Board, "Assessment of Injuries in Pork Production Facilities," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, CDC/NIOSH, "Respiratory Diseases and Exposure to Elongated Mineral Particles in Taconite Ore," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2017, CDC/NIOSH, "Midwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety Training Grant," Co-Investigator
  • 2014-2019, USAID, One Health Workforce (OHW) Project, Co-Investigator




  • PubH 3107, Global Public Health and the Environment
  • PubH 6131, Working in Global Health
  • PubH 8120, Occupational Health and Safety Research Seminar

Community Engagement

Through UMASH, I interact with agricultural producers, workers, producer organizations, insurance companies, and other stakeholders to address health and safety concerns of agricultural workers and their families. 


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