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March 20, 2013 – “Local Environmental Health: some future challenges.”

Larry W. Figgs, PhD, MPH, REHS/RS
Larry W. Figgs, PhD, MPH, REHS/RS

College of Public Health Grand Rounds:  Larry W. Figgs, Ph.D., M.P.H., REHS/RS  will present “Local Environmental Health: some future challenges.”  Dr. Figgs is currently Director of the Environmental Health Division at the Douglas County Health Department in Nebraska.  Prior to that he was Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health in Lexington, KY.  During his four-year tenure he was the first University of Kentucky Public Health Liaison to the Fayette County Health Department in Lexington, KY.   He also successfully chaired two Dr.PH and several MPH student research committee capstones.  Dr. Figgs taught environmental and occupational health courses with emphasis on cancer outcomes and received over $500,000 in grant and contract funding support.  He is also a former tenured Associate Professor of Community Health in the Epidemiology Division at the St. Louis University School of Public Health in St. Louis, MO, Epidemiology Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD, Public Health Representative and Management Fellow at the New York State Department of Health in Albany, NY, and post-doctoral fellow in molecular endocrinology at the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.  Dr. Figgs earned his Bachelor of Science from Howard University in Washington DC, his PhD in Biology from the University of Louisville in Louisville KY, his MPH from John Hopkins University in Baltimore MD, and a certificate of Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.   He is also a National Environmental Health Association certified Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS).  Dr. Figgs received a United States Air Force Reserve Commission as 2nd Lieutenant and an Honorable Discharge.  He is also a former National Research Service Award Fellow in Molecular Endocrinology, United State Public Health Service Epidemiology Training Fellow, a United States National Cancer Institute Epidemiology and Biostatistics Fellow, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy semi-finalist. His scientific interests are varied.  His research emphasis has been environmental hazard identification, hazard exposure assessment, and disease risk, especially cancer, associated with environmental exposure.

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