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Mary Hovinga, PhD, MPH

Mary Hovinga

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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BS, Biology, University of Michigan; MPH, Toxicology, University of Michigan; PhD, Epidemiology, University of Michigan


Mary Hovinga received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan. Her main areas of research interest include the surveillance and etiology of mental retardation, environmental epidemiology, and the human health effects of heavy metals, PCBs and DDT. Before joining the Drexel School of Public Health, she taught at the UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) School of Public Health within its Department of Epidemiology, in which she served as Interim Chair, and was twice awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by UAB. Dr. Hovinga was also an Associate Scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Publications include articles in Public Health Reports, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Public Health Management and Practice.

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Environmental Exposures
  • Maternal and Child Health


Petersen D.J., Hovinga M.E., Pass M.A., Kohler C., Oestenstad R.K., Katholi C. Assuring public health professionals prepared for the future: The UAB Public Health Integrated Core Curriculum. Public Health Reports. 120:496-503. 2005.

Shearer, D.L., Mulvihill, B.A., Klerman, L.V., Wallander, J., Hovinga, M.E., Redden, D. Association of early childbearing and low cognitive ability. Persp on Sexual and Reprod Health. 34(5):236-243. 2002.

Petersen D.J., Ginter P.M., Hovinga M.E., Williams O.D., Jacobs R., Davies S. Public health case studies: A new MPH requirement bridging academia and practice. Public Health Management and Practice. 7(3):86-91. 2001.