Robert H. McKnight, MPH, ScD

Dr. McKnight is Director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The Southeast Center is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). Dr. McKnight’s 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, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine. Dr. McKnight earned his BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his MPH and ScD in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, where he concentrated in injury epidemiology, health promotion, and occupational health. After serving 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 teaches Injury Epidemiology and Control (CPH 610) and Health of Agricultural Populations (CPH 778). He is an associate editor for the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Agromedicine. Together with Professor Melvin Myers, Dr. McKnight has consulted with the International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Aquaculture (ISO/TC 234) regarding technology and chemicals and risk/hazard reduction. He has spoken widely at meetings of the International Commission on Occupational Health and the International Association of Agricultural Medicine & Rural Health.