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James McGlothlin

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Dr. McGlothlin research specializes in ergonomics, exposure assessment, occupational hygiene engineering controls and epidemiology.  He is the Director of the Graduate Program in Occupational and Environmental Sciences at Purdue University, and Co-Director of the Center for Virtual Reality of Healthcare Center Design.  He is one of the founders for the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE). He is on the University Senate, and on the Senate Advisory Committee to President Cordova and Provost Sands.   Prior to Dr. McGlothlin’s appointment to Purdue University, (January 4, 1999) he was a senior researcher in ergonomics and occupational hygiene engineering controls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). The author of more than 160 scientific, technical, and government reports, Dr. McGlothlin served as a course director in ergonomics at Northwestern University School of Engineering, Evanston, Illinois, and at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Ohio.  He is currently an adjunct Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, and he has a courtesy appointments at Purdue’s School of Industrial Technology, and Purdue Calumet. He has received several awards for his research and service to the U.S. Public Health Service, including the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal, the Outstanding Service medal, and Stanley J. Kessel Award for Outstanding Health Services Professional of the Year.  At Purdue University his awards include the Focus award for outstanding contributions to the furthering of Purdue University’s commitment to disability accessibility and diversity, recognized as a Faculty Scholar for outstanding academic distinction, and a Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) Scholar.  Dr. McGlothlin became a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in March 2006.  He has 3 Patents, and one has pending on wireless real-time video exposure monitoring systems.  He serves on several national and international professional committees, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Occupational and Environmental Health Journal, and the Occupational Hazards Journal.

Research Interests of James D. McGlothlin, MPH, Ph.D., CPE:

Integrate ergonomic, epidemiologic and occupational hygiene principles and tools to evaluate and control physical, chemical, radiological and biological hazards in the environment. 

Use emerging exposure assessment methodologies (such as Video Exposure Monitoring-patented by Dr. McGlothlin) to evaluate in real-time changes in environmental and occupational hazards.

Develop and administer ergonomic programs to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, promote health, and improve productivity and quality in the workplace. 

Improve healthcare delivery through the integration of engineering, management and scientific principles.

Understand tipping points in the development and implementation of national and international public health laws and policies.





Dr. McGlothlin received his B.A. degree (1975) in psychology, the M.P.H. degree (1977) in epidemiology, and the M.S. degree (1977) in environmental and industrial health, all from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. He received his Ph.D. (1988) from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, in industrial health with a specialty in ergonomics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. McGlothlin is a Certified Professional Ergonomist.

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