Jesse Berman, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Jesse Berman

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-0923

Office Address:
Mayo, 1228

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

MHS, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BA, Environmental Biology/English Literature, Colgate University

Post-Doctorate, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Post-Doctorate, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


I'm an environmental epidemiologist, whose interest lies in understanding the relationship between human health and complex environmental exposures. My research revolves around the use of spatial analysis to improve exposure assessment and understanding how environment is associated with disease. I have particular interest in the way weather events, climate, and air pollution influence population-level health. My work emphasizes policy relevant outcomes that can inform decision making to better protect public health. 


Air pollution, environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, GIS, interpolation, spatial analysis, weather

Awards & Recognition

  • Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship, Yale University Institute for Biospheric Studies
  • David L Swift Award for Aerosol Research in Environmental Health Engineering
  • Alpha Chapter Overall Winner of the Delta Omega Honorary Society Poster Competition

Professional Associations

  • International Society of Exposure Science (ISES)
  • International Society of Exposure Epidemiology (ISEE)


Research Summary/Interests

My research uses large data-analysis, GIS, and statistical computing to analyze both non-spatial and spatial information. I draw on an expertise in environmental health, exposure science, risk assessment, and spatial analysis to perform environmental epidemiological investigations and understand geographic differences in disease. An additional research interest is to use spatial statistics to inform and optimize the study design of sampling campaigns for both ambient and occupational hazards. 


Publications on PubMed

Selected Publications

Berman JD, Jin L, Bell ML, Curriero FC. [In Press]. Developing a geostatistical simulation method to inform the quantity and placement of new monitors for a follow-up air sampling campaign. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Berman JD, McCormack MC, Koehler KA, Connolly F, Clemons-Erby D, Davis MF, Gummerson C, Leaf PJ, Curriero FC. 2018. School Environmental Conditions and Links to Academic Performance and Absenteeism in Urban, Mid-Atlantic Public Schools. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 221(5):800-808.

Berman JD, Peters TM, Koehler KA. 2018. Optimizing a Sensor Network with Data from Hazard Mapping Demonstrated in a Heavy-Vehicle Manufacturing Facility. Annals of Work Exposures and Health 62(5):547-558.

Berman JD, Ebisu K, Peng RD, Dominici F, Bell ML. 2017. Drought and the Risk of Hospital Admissions and Mortality in Western U.S. Older Adults from 2000 to 2013: a retrospective study. The Lancet Planetary Health 1(1):17-25.

Ebisu K, Berman JD, Bell ML. 2016. Exposure to coarse particulate matter during gestation and birthweight in the US. Environment International 94:519-524.

Berman JD , Fann N, Hollingsworth JW, Pinkerton KE, Rom WN, Szema AM, Breysse PN, White RH, Curriero FC. 2012. Health benefits from large-scale ozone reduction in the United States. Environmental Health Perspectives 120(10): 1404-1410.


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