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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 276-4119

Fax: (585) 461-4532



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.


Faculty Appointments


B.S. | Rutgers University, Cook College
Public Health

M.P.H. | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Quantitative Methods

Sc.D. | Harvard School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Environmental Health


George H. Cook Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsor: Distinguished Alumni Award
Location: Rutgers University, Cook College Alumni Association

"Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper of 2013"
Sponsor: International Society of Environmental Epidemiology

Excellence in Teaching Award from UMDNJ, School of Public Health Student Government Association

B.S. (with Honors)
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

1993 - 1994
George H. Cook Scholar (B.S.)
Location: Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ

1990 - 1994
General Honors Program (B.S.)
Location: Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ

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Journal Articles

Gandhi SK, Rich DQ, Ohman-Strickland PA, Kipen HM, Gow A. "Plasma nitrite is an indicator of acute changes in ambient air pollutant concentrations." Inhalation toxicology.. 2014 Jun 0; 26(7):426-34.

Gong J, Zhu T, Kipen H, Wang G, Hu M, Guo Q, Ohman-Strickland P, Lu SE, Wang Y, Zhu P, Rich DQ, Huang W, Zhang J. "Comparisons of ultrafine and fine particles in their associations with biomarkers reflecting physiological pathways." Environmental science & technology.. 2014 May 6; 48(9):5264-73. Epub 2014 Apr 11.

Weinberger B, Vetrano AM, Archer FE, Marcella SW, Buckley B, Wartenberg D, Robson MG, Klim J, Azhar S, Cavin S, Wang L, Rich DQ. "Effects of maternal exposure to phthalates and bisphenol A during pregnancy on gestational age." The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians.. 2014 Mar 0; 27(4):323-7. Epub 2013 Jul 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Indoor and outdoor pollution
Book Title: Fishman's Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
Author List: Rich DQ, Samet JM, Utell MJ
Edited By: Grippi MA, Elias JA, Fishman JA, Pack AI, Senior RM, Kotloff R
Published By: McGraw-Hill2014 in New York