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Wayne Sanderson, MS, CIH, Ph.D.
Chair & Professor
Wayne Sanderson, MS, CIH, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Epidemiology Department in the College of Public Health at The University of Kentucky. Dr. Sanderson’s primary research focus is on agricultural health and safety and he is the Deputy-Director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, which is a national Center for research and education on health and safety problems facing our nation’s rural residents. He also conducts research studies on respiratory diseases, cancers, and birth defects associated with a variety of occupational and environmental exposures. The research projects of Dr. Sanderson’s students cover a very broad range of topics encompassing both epidemiology and exposure assessment components.
Before coming to the University of Kentucky in December 2009, Dr. Sanderson was a Professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Department of University of Iowa College of Public Health. He was the Director of the Industrial Hygiene Training Program for the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety where he taught industrial hygiene and epidemiology courses, and he was Director of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.
Dr. Sanderson worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)--a Center of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--starting in 1978 and culminating with his position as Chief of the Industrial Hygiene Section in the Industrywide Studies Branch. One of his last assignments with the CDC was as an investigator of anthrax contamination of post offices in Washington, DC.
Agricultural health and safety, respiratory diseases, cancers, and birth defects associated with a variety of occupational and environmental exposures.