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Sherry Brandt-Rauf, JD, MPhil

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University


BA, Sociology, Barnard College, MA, Sociology, Columbia University, MPhil, Sociology, Columbia University, JD, Columbia University


Sherry Brandt-Rauf teaches and conducts research in the area of environmental and occupational health policy on the federal, state, and local levels.  She uses teaching as the vehicle for policy development (and vice versa).  In her classes, students learn about the legal, political, and scientific underpinnings of policy in a current area of concern while working on a policy document that can be used to drive public discourse and policymaking in that area.  Recent areas of focus have included temporary workers, climate change and occupational health, state and local initiatives in fracking, environmental policy at the local level, food insecurity among students, and reporting of pesticide exposure-related illness and injury. 

Research Interests

  • Health Policy
  • Occupational Health
  • Environmental Exposures
  • Health Disparities
  • Public Health Law


Holloway-Beth A, Forst L, Freels S, Brandt-Rauf S, Friedman L. Occupational injury surveillance among law enforcement officers using workers’ compensation data, Illinois 1980 to 2008. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2016;58:594-600.

Holloway-Beth A, Forst L, Lippert J, Brandt-Rauf SI, Freels S, Friedman L. Risk factors associated with legal interventions. Injury Epidemiology 2016;3:2-11.

Friedman L, Krupczak C, Brandt-Rauf SI, Forst L. Occupational amputations in Illinois 2000-7: BLS survey versus data linkage of trauma registry, hospital discharge, workers’ compensation databases and OSHA citations. Injury 2013;44:667-673.

Brandt-Rauf SI, Brandt-Rauf E, Gershon R, Brandt-Rauf PW. The differing perspectives of workers and occupational medicine physicians on the ethical, legal and social issues of genetic testing in the workplace. New Solutions – A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 2011;21:89-102.

Brandt-Rauf SI, Brandt-Rauf E, Gershon R, Li Y, Brandt-Rauf PW. Genes, jobs and justice: Occupational medicine physicians and the ethical, legal and social issues of genetic testing in the workplace. Ethics & Medicine – An International Journal of Bioethics 2011;27:51-61.

Brandt-Rauf SI, Raveis VH. Drummond, N. Conte JA, Rothman, SM. Ashkenazi Jews and Breast Cancer: The Consequences of Linking Ethnic Identity to Genetic Disease. American Journal of Public Health 2006;96:1979-1988.

Brandt-Rauf PW, Brandt-Rauf SI.  Genetic Testing in the Workplace : Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications. Annual Review of Public Health 2004;25:139-153.

Brandt-Rauf SI: The role, value, and limits of S&T data and information in the public domain for biomedical research.  In: Proceedings of Symposium on the Role of Scientific and Technical Data and Information, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, 2002.

Brandt-Rauf SIGenetic Testing and the Ashkenazi Jewish Woman: A Guide for the Informed Consumer. Jewish Women’s Foundation, New York, 2000.