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Photo of Dr. BrowningSteve Browning, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Steven R. Browning, Ph.D., MSPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, at the University of Kentucky.  Prior to becoming a faculty member in the College of Public Health, he was a faculty member in the College of Nursing and in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky (1994-2005). Professor Browning’s research interests are in occupational, injury, and environmental epidemiology.  His primary expertise is in the design and analysis of longitudinal studies of injuries.  Dr. Browning teaches graduate level courses in advanced epidemiologic methods, study design, social, and cardiovascular epidemiology. He has advised over 80 graduate students for doctoral dissertations and master’s theses.

Dr. Browning holds an MSPH and a PhD in epidemiology from the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has conducted large scale population-based research projects on agricultural health concerns among farmers and farm families in the state of Kentucky.  He was principal investigator on a NIOSH-funded R01cohort study entitled “Children's Injuries on Kentucky Beef Cattle Farms" (1999-2002) and Co-PI on a grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, "Chronic Arsenic Exposure from Drinking Water and Reproductive Effects,” an international study undertaken in Chile.  Along with faculty in the College of Nursing, he has been an investigator on studies of the health of long haul truckers, of older farmers in Kentucky and South Carolina, and has undertaken research on the issue of suicide among older farmers in the Southeastern United States.

He has worked on a number of collaborative interdisciplinary research projects employing both traditional and novel epidemiologic research designs.  He received national recognition related to his research on a putative cancer cluster in Pennsylvania.  Dr.  Browning served as the evaluator of the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cardiovascular Assessment and Risk Reduction Education Project, a 1.5 million dollar grant initiative to reduce the prevalence of hypertension among women in northern Kentucky. 

Selected publications include:

Browning SR, Westneat SC, and McKnight R (2007). Suicide Mortality in Farmers in Three Southeastern States. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health.

Marcum JL, Browning SR, Reed DB, Charnigo RJ. (2011) Farmwork-Related Injury Among Farmers 50 Years of Age and Older in Kentucky and South Carolina: A Cohort Study, 2002-2005. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 17(3): 259-273.

Heaton K., Browning SR, Anderson D. (2008) Variables that predict falling asleep at the wheel in long haul truck drivers AAOHN J. Sep;56(9):379-85.
Johnson NE, Browning SR, Westneat SM, Prince TS, Dignan MB. (2009) Respiratory symptom reporting error in occupational surveillance of older farmers. J Occup Environ Med. Apr; 51(4):472-9.