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 mission is to understand the relationship between human health and complex environmental exposures. I have a particular interest in evaluating how extreme weather (notably drought, heat, and precipitation), climate, and air pollution influence population-level health. I frequently use spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve exposure assessment and better understand the role of environment with disease outcomes. Most of my research involves secondary analysis of large data sources (e.g. hospital records, Medicare), but more recent work has focused on collecting personal exposure data. My work emphasizes policy relevant findings that can inform decision making to better protect public health.


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

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (2019) from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • Selected Extramural Publication (2017) by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • 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)
  • Society of Epidemiologic Research (SER)


Research Funding Grants

  • 2020-2022, NOAA CPC, "Evaluation of Drought Indicators for Improved Decision-Making in Public Health and Emergency Preparedness: Reducing Drought's Burden on Health," Co-Investigator
  • 2019-2021, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, “Impact of drought conditions on occupational psychosocial stress among a Midwest farmers cohort,” Principal Investigator


Jesse Berman's Bibliography - NIH

Selected Publications

Berman JD, Ebisu K. Changes in U.S. Air Pollution During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020. Science of the Total Environment 739: 139864

Rau A, Munoz-Zanzi C, Schotthoefer AM, Oliver J, Berman JD. 2020. Spatio-temporal dynamics of tick-borne diseases in north-central Wisconsin from 2000-2016. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(14): 5105

Berman JD, Burkhardt J, Bayham J, Carter EM, Wilson A. 2019. Acute Air Pollution and Risk of Violent Behavior in the United States, 2000-2013. Epidemiology 30(6): 799-806.

Jin L, Berman JD, Warren JL, Levy JI, Thurston G, Zhang Y, Xu X, Wang S, Zhang Y, Bell ML. 2019. A land use regression model of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter in a complex urban core in Lanzhou, China. Environmental Research 177: 108597

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, 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.

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.


Teaching Areas

I take an active role in the training of public health professionals, including teaching within the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and mentoring graduate students across the University of Minnesota. I teach a 3-credit course in the use of GIS and spatial analysis for public health research and the 1-credit doctoral research seminar in Environmental Health Sciences.


PubH6141: GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Health

PubH8120: Occupational Health and Safety Research Seminar 


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