Patricia McGovern, PhD, MPH

Professor Emerita, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Patricia McGovern

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-7429

Office Address:
1112 Mayo

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

PhD, Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, 1993

MPH, Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1984

BS, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1976


My research applies the methods of health services research to occupational and environmental health policies that influence health protection and promotion with a focus on women and children. 


Physical, mental and social health outcomes, women, infants and children, occupational and environmental health policy, community-based research, mixed methods research

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Bond Professor of Occupational and Environmental Policy


Research Funding Grants

  • 2019, Sept. - 2020, Jan. MN Dept. of Labor & Industry, “Young Workers: Safety and Health Concerns in Construction,” Principal Investigator.
  • 2015-2020, CDC Nat'l Inst for Occup Safety & Health, "Midwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety Training Grant," Deputy Director, Program Director, Occupational Health Services Research and Policy Program and Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program.
  • 2016-2015, Upper Midwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH), Pilot Research Project.“The Impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) on Worker Health and Family Well-being: Implications for Building Resilience,” Principal Investigator
  • 2016-2017, Midwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety (MCOHS) Training Grant, Pilot Projects Research Program, “Caring for Care-Givers: Testing the Impact of a Pilot Health Promotion Intervention,” Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2019, NIH Nat'l Inst of Child Health/Human Dev, "Maternal Obesity, Breast Milk Composition, and Infant Growth," Co-Investigator


Selected Recent Publications

  • Green D, Gerberich SG, Kim H, Ryan AD, McGovern PM, Church TR, Schwartz A, Arauz RF: Knowledge of work-related injury reporting and perceived barriers among janitors. Journal of Safety Research. 2019, 69:1-10.
  • Tahir MJ, Haapala JL, Foster LP, Duncan KM, Teague AM, Kharbanda EO, McGovern PM, Whitaker KM, Rasmussen KM, Fields DA, Harnack LJ, Jacobs DR Jr, Demerath EW. Association of Full Breastfeeding Duration with Postpartum Weight Retention in a Cohort of Predominantly Breastfeeding Women. Nutrients, 2019; 11(4): pii: E938.
  • Cigan S, McGovern P, Choudhary K, Miller N, Georgieff M, Rao R, Stepanov I: “Toenail manganese as a potential biomarker for in utero and early childhood exposure studies,” Scientific Reports, 2018; 8(1):17034
  • Gramling JJ, McGovern PM, Church TR, Nachreiner NM, Gaugler JE. “Effectiveness of Conducted Electrical Weapons to Prevent Violence-Related Injuries in the Hospital,” Journal of Emergency Nursing, May 2018.
  • Jou J, Kozhimannil KB, Abraham JM, Blewett LA, McGovern PM. “Paid maternity leave in the united states: associations with maternal and infant health,” Maternal and Child Health Journal, February 2018.
  • Miller, NC, McGovern, PM, Stepanov, I, Sullivan, SM, Mongin, SJ, Rao, R. & Georgieff, MK. “Maternal manganese exposure and subsequent infant cognition,”Minnesota Medicine, May-June 2018
  • Graeve C, McGovern PM, Arnold S, Polovich M. "Testing an Intervention to Decrease Healthcare Workers' Exposure to Antineoplastic Agents," Oncology Nursing Society, Jan 2017
  • Coetzee DJ, McGovern PM, Rao R, Harnack LJ, Georgieff MK, Stepanov I. "Measuring the impact of manganese exposure on children's neurodevelopment: advances and research gaps in biomarker-based approaches," Environmental Health, Aug 2016
  • Jou J, Kozhimannil KB, Blewett LA, McGovern PM, Abraham JM. "Workplace Accommodations for Pregnant Employees: Associations With Women's Access to Health Insurance Coverage After Childbirth," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, June 2016
  • McGovern PM, Nachreiner NM, Holl JL, Halfon N, Dabelea D, Caulfield L, Cauley JA, Innocenti MS, Amsden L, Markovic N, Riddles M, Adams S. "The National Children's Study: Early Recruitment Outcomes Using the Direct Outreach Approach," Pediatrics, June 2016


Teaching Areas

I direct the following programs: 


  • PubH 6151—Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Seminar
  • PubH 6170—Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety