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EHS: assessing exposure and health impacts; protecting the community and workplace.
S. Katharine Hammond

M.S. Environmental Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, 1981
Ph. D. Chemistry, Brandeis University, 1976
B.A. Chemistry, Oberlin College, 1971

S. Katharine Hammond  
(510) 643-0289
(510) 642-5815
757 University Hall
Mailing Address:
School of Public Health
University of California
50 University Hall #7360
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360


PH 220C Health Risk Assessment, Regulation, and Policy [description]
PH 267B Characterization of Airborne Contaminants [description]

PH 272B Case Studies in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology [description]

Dr. Hammond is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in exposure assessment (for environmental and occupational exposures as well as second hand smoke exposures). She has served on numerous advisory committees for the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences , the Institute of Medicine and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Toxicology Program, and she was an author of the US Surgeon Generalís report on involuntary smoking. The focus of Dr. Hammond's research has been assessing exposure for epidemiologic studies, both environmental and occupational. From 2000-2011 she led the exposure assessment for the Fresno Asthmatic Childrenís Environment Study, (funded by CA Air Resources Board, NLHB of NIH) and she currently leads the Berkeley/Stanford Childrenís Environmental Health Center, funded by USEPA and NIEHS. Currently Dr. Hammond's occupational research examines metal exposures and health effects among welders, health effects of solvent exposures among auto mechanics, and cardiovascular effects of occupational exposure to particulate matter; Evaluating the composition of particulate matter, especially metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, has been another focus of her research. Dr. Hammond developed the methods used to assess exposure to secondhand smoke and her work has been instrumental in tobacco control efforts both in the US and globally.

New York Times, June 19, 2010:

Several NPR stories from KQED:

Video of hearing June 17, 2010 in Sacramento:
[PDF transcript]


Other Activities
  • Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tobacco Product Regulation Study Group, World Health Organization
  • Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences: Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events
  • Committee on the Status of Women and Ethnic Minorities, Vice-Chair