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Robert McKnight, MPH, Sc.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
Dr. Robert McKnight, Professor, is the Director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, one of the nation's nine centers that focus on occupational injuries and illness among farmers, farm workers, and farm families. The Southeast center is funded by the Center for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). Dr. McKnight primary appointment is in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Health Behavior, the Department of Epidemiology, as well as the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine. Dr. McKnight earned his B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his MPH and Sc.D in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, where he concentrated in injury epidemiology, health promotion and occupational health. After being on the faculty of the University of Alaska Anchorage, he arrived at UK in 1990. While at UK, Dr. McKnight has received funding from NIOSH, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and USDA for numerous projects on health and safety in agriculture. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health and Journal of Agromedicine, and he has recently authored publications in Annual Review of Public Health and Public Health Reports. He teaches Injury Epidemiology and Control (CPH 610) and Health of Agricultural Populations (CPH 728).
Occupational injuries and illness among farmers, farm workers, and farm families. Occupational poisonings, injury prevention, and health care access among migrant farm workers.