Simone Charles

Simone Charles

Online Instructor

Dr. Charles is an Environmental Health Scientist with expertise in children’s health, community-based participatory research, health equity, and environmental justice. Her research has included leading a community-based, community-led strategic plan for addressing tobacco-related health disparities in a rural community; evaluating interventions to address African-American health and healthcare disparities; and developing a curriculum to empower youth around environmental justice and promoting healthy communities. She continues to work collaboratively with communities to address community-level health disparities. She has served on several local, regional and State level boards and committees to promote the health of both rural and urban communities. She was awarded an opportunity to be an NIH Health Disparities fellow and University of Wisconsin Health Equity scholar.

Dr. Charles is currently a Clinical Faculty at University of Michigan School of Public Health and Limited-term Lecturer at Purdue University. She has developed and taught environmental health science courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels for over 10 years – both residential and online.


PhD in Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology, Michigan State University

MS in Environmental Science, University of Maryland

BS in Natural Sciences, University of West Indies, St. Augustine

Research Interests:

  • Community program evaluation
  • Quality improvement
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches to addressing health disparities with environmental association