Shao Lin

Shao Lin, PhD, MPH, MD

Climate change and extreme weather on human health outcomes

The World Within Reach
Shao Lin, PhD, MPH, MD

School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Associate Director, Global Health Research
GEC 189



Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)
Residence: Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, UNC-CH
M.D., Sun Yet-Sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, P. R. China

Research Interests

Climate change and extreme weather on human health outcomes
Disaster epidemiology and public health (WTC 9/11 disaster, Hurricane Sandy etc.)
School environmental factors and children’s health, attendance and performance
Maternal occupation, medication use or pesticide exposure and birth defects
Childhood asthma/ respiratory diseases and environmental exposures
International collaborative research
Air pollution, traffic exposures, proximity to industrial facilities/ hazardous wastes on health
Evaluation of environmental policy’s impact on respiratory health
Heavy metal exposures and adverse birth outcomes
Fish consumption and heavy metal exposures
Environmental and occupational epidemiology

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

EHS 545 - Global Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Public Health
Applied Epidemiology (New)
EHS 603 - Advanced Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
EHS 790 - Meeting of Environmental Health Conscious Minds (Seminar)
EHS 629 - Protocol Development and Grant Writing


  • Lin S, Hsu WH, Caton AR, Saha S, Luber G, Hwang SA. Excessive heat and respiratory hospitalizations in New York State: Estimating current and future public health burden related to climate change. Environmental Health Perspectives 2012 120 (11):1571-7.
  • Simons E, Hwang SA, Fitzgerald EF, Kielb C, Lin S: The impact of school building conditions on student
    absenteeism in upstate New York. American Journal of Public Health 2010; 100(9): 1679-86.
  • Herdt-Losavio ML, Lin S , Chapman BR, Hooiveld M, Olshan A, Liu X, DePersis RD, Zhu J, Druschel CM and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. A spectrum of Maternal Occupations and Birth Defects. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2010;67(1):58-66.
  • Lin S., Luo M., Walker J.R., Liu X, Hwang SA, Chinery R: Extreme high temperature and hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Epidemiology 2009, 20 (5): 738-746.
  • Lin S., Liu X., Le L., Hwang S.A.: Chronic exposure to ambient ozone and asthma hospital admissions among children. Environmental Health Perspective 2008, 116:1725-1730.
  • Lin S., Munsie J.P., Herdt-Losavio M.L., Bell E., Druschel C., Romitti P., Olney R., Allen M., and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal asthma medication use and the risk of gastroschisis. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008, 168(1): 73-79.
  • Lin S., Reibman J., Bowers J.A., Hwang S.A., Hoerning A., Gomez M., Fitzgerald E.F.: Upper Respiratory Symptoms and Other Health Effects among Residents Living near the World Trade Center Site after September 11, 2001. American Journal of Epidemiology 2005;162:499-507.
  • Reibman J., Lin S., Hwang S.A., Gulati M., Bowers J.A., Rogers L., Berger K.I., Hoerning A., Gomez M., and Fitzgerald E.F.: The World Trade Center Residents' Respiratory Health Study: New Onset Respiratory Symptoms and Pulmonary Function. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2005; 113(4):406-411.
  • Lin S., Hwang S., Marshall E.G.: Does paternal occupational lead exposure increase the risks of low birth weight or prematurity? American Journal of Epidemiology 1998;148:173-81.
  • Lin S., Hwang S., Marshall E.G., Stone R., Chen J.: Occupational lead exposure in male workers and fertility. Annals of Epidemiology 1996;6:201-208.