David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-4119
Administrative: (585) 275-8784
Fax: (585) 461-4532

Research Bio

Dr. Rich's research interests are quite broad, but his research focuses on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and perinatal/reproductive health effects of exposures to environmental agents such as ambient air pollution, phthalates, bisphenol A, and perchlorate. Dr. Rich is an environmental epidemiologist whose research is directed at understanding not only if specific environmental agents impact health, but also by what mechanism, and in what potentially susceptible sub-group of the population. He also examines the utility of different methodological approaches to address these environmental epidemiology research questions.

Dr. Rich is currently examining the risk of myocardial infarction associated with fine particulate air pollution and specific chemical constituents of fine particulate matter, effects of the drastic air pollution reductions during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on the preterm birth rate and birth weight in Beijing pregnancies/births, and effects of that same Olympic air pollution reduction on cardio-respiratory biomarkers of various mechanistic pathways thought to underlie air pollutant's effect on cardio-respiratory morbidity/mortality among healthy young medical residents living in Beijing. Other studies are examining the endocrine disruption and inflammatory effect of phthalates, perchlorate, and bisphenol A exposure during pregnancy, and acute cardiovascular responses to varying concentrations of a controlled exposure of ozone in adults.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Excellence in Teaching Award from UMDNJ, School of Public Health Student Government Association 2009
B.S. (with Honors) | New Brunswick, NJ 1994
George H. Cook Scholar (B.S.) | Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ 1993 - 1994
General Honors Program (B.S.) | Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ 1990 - 1994

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 39 available »

2013 Jul
Faiz AS, Rhoads GG, Demissie K, Lin Y, Kruse L, Rich DQ. "Does ambient air pollution trigger stillbirth?" Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 2013 Jul; 24(4):538-44.
2013 Jul
Dockery DW, Rich DQ, Goodman PG, Clancy L, Ohman-Strickland P, George P, Kotlov T, . "Effect of air pollution control on mortality and hospital admissions in Ireland." Research report (Health Effects Institute). 2013 Jul; (176):3-109.
2013 Mar
Dadvand P, Parker J, Bell ML, Bonzini M, Brauer M, Darrow LA, Gehring U, Glinianaia SV, Gouveia N, Ha EH, Leem JH, van den Hooven EH, Jalaludin B, Jesdale BM, Lepeule J, Morello-Frosch R, Morgan GG, Pesatori AC, Pierik FH, Pless-Mulloli T, Rich DQ, Sathyanarayana S, Seo J, Slama R, Strickland M, Tamburic L, Wartenberg D, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Woodruff TJ. "Maternal exposure to particulate air pollution and term birth weight: a multi-country evaluation of effect and heterogeneity." Environmental health perspectives.. 2013 Mar; 121(3):267-373. Epub 2012 Dec 28.
2013 Feb
Zhang J, Zhu T, Kipen H, Wang G, Huang W, Rich D, Zhu P, Wang Y, Lu SE, Ohman-Strickland P, Diehl S, Hu M, Tong J, Gong J, Thomas D, . "Cardiorespiratory biomarker responses in healthy young adults to drastic air quality changes surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympics." Research report (Health Effects Institute). 2013 Feb; (174):5-174.
Baxter LK, Burke J, Lunden M, Turpin BJ, Rich DQ, Thevenet-Morrison K, Hodas N, Ozkaynak H. "Influence of human activity patterns, particle composition, and residential air exchange rates on modeled distributions of PM2.5 exposure compared with central-site monitoring data." Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology.. 2013 23(3):241-7. Epub 2013 Jan 16.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)


Sc.D. | Epidemiology & Environmental Health | Harvard School of Public Health2004
M.P.H. | Epidemiology & Quantitative Methods | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health1999
B.S. | Public Health | Rutgers University, Cook College1994

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Aging 2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health 2005