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Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD

Jerry Fagliano

Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health
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PhD, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
MPH, Environmental Health, Yale University
BA, Biology, University of Vermont


Dr. Jerry Fagliano is a Clinical Professor and the Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Before coming to Drexel in September 2015, Dr. Fagliano spent 30 years in public health practice at the New Jersey Department of Health. As the senior environmental/occupational epidemiologist, he managed the Environmental and Occupational Health Surveillance Program, where he oversaw a broad portfolio of responsibilities: surveillance of work-related diseases and injuries; tracking of environmental exposures and related health outcomes; assessment of public health hazards posed by hazardous sites; risk assessments of drinking water contaminants; investigations of disease clusters; and epidemiologic investigations related to air and water pollutants. His most recent research publications include articles on pediatric asthma and air pollutants, legionellosis and drinking water, perfluorinated chemicals and effect biomarkers, and surveillance of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Dr. Fagliano earned his PhD in occupational and environmental epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University in 1998, and his MPH in environmental health from Yale University in 1985. He was Chair of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association and served on the APHA Science Board and Governing Council. He has been a member of expert panels convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, National Academy of Sciences, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was entered into the Public Service Honor Roll by the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Environment Section of APHA.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Exposures
  • Public Health Practice
  • Health Disparities
  • Climate Change


De Roos AJ, Kondo MC, Robinson LF, Rai A, Ryan M, Haas C, Lojo J, Fagliano JA. Heavy precipitation, drinking water source, and acute gastrointestinal illness in Philadelphia, 2015-2017. PLOS ONE 2020;15(2): e0229258.

Gleason JA, Nanavaty JV, Fagliano JA. Drinking water lead and socioeconomic factors as predictors of blood lead levels in New Jersey’s children during two time periods. Environmental Research 2018:

Gleason JA, Fagliano JA. Effect of drinking water source on associations between gastrointestinal illness and heavy rainfall in New Jersey. PLOS ONE 2017;Mar 10;12(3):e0173794. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173794.

Gleason JA, Fagliano J. Associations of daily pediatric asthma emergency department visits with air pollution in Newark, NJ: Utilizing time-series and case-crossover study designs. J Asthma 2015; doi: 10.3109/02770903.2015.1033726. Epub 2015 Jul 27.

Henry KA, Fagliano J, Jordan HM, Rechtman L, Kaye WE. Geographic variation of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis incidence in New Jersey, 2009-2011.  Am J Epidemiology 2015;doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv095. Epub 2015 Jun 3.

Jordan H, Fagliano J, Rechtman L, Lefkowitz D, Kaye W. Effects of demographic factors on survival time after a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neuroepidemiology 2015;44:114-120. doi: 10.1159/000380855. Epub 2015 Mar 17.

Cohn PD, Gleason JA, Rudowski E, Tsai SM, Genese CA, Fagliano JA. Community outbreak of legionellosis and an environmental investigation into a community water system. Epidemiology and Infection 2015;143:1322-1331. doi: 10.1017/S0950268814001964. Epub 2014 Aug 1.

Jordan HM, Fagliano J, Lefkowitz D, Rechtman L, Kaye WE. Population-based surveillance of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in New Jersey, 2009-2011. Neuroepidemiology 2014;43:49-56. doi: 10.1159/000365850. Epub 2014 Oct 16.

Gleason JA, Bielory L, Fagliano JA. Associations between ozone, PM2.5, and four pollen types on emergency department pediatric asthma events during the warm season in New Jersey: a case-crossover study.  Environmental Research 2014;132:421-429. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.03.035. Epub 2014 May 21.

Cancer Cluster Guidelines Work Group (Abrams V, Anderson H, Blackmore C, Bove F, Condon S, Eheman C, Fagliano J, Haynes LB, Lewis L, Major J, McGeehin M, Simms E, Sircar K, Soler J, Stanbury M, Watkins S, Wartenberg D). Investigating suspected cancer clusters and responding to community concerns: Guidelines from CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. MMWR Recommendations and Reports September 27, 2013; 62(8):1-24.

Stanbury M, Anderson H, Blackmore C, Fagliano J, Heumann M, Kass D, McGeehin M: Functions of environmental epidemiology and surveillance in state health departments. J Public Health Management Practice 2012;18(5):453-460.

Ulirsch GV, Gleason K, Gerstenberger S, Moffett DB, Pulliam G, Ahmed T, Fagliano J. Evaluating and regulating lead in synthetic turf. Environ Health Perspec 2010;118:1345-1349. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1002239.

Maslia ML, Reyes JJ, Gillig RE, Sautner JB, Fagliano JA, Aral MM: Public health partnerships addressing childhood cancer investigations: case study of Toms River, Dover Township, New Jersey, USA. Int J Hyg Environ Health 2005;208:45-54.

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