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Joseph Eisenberg

Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

M5065 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: 734-615-1625; Fax: 734-998-6837

E-mail: jnse@umich.edu

Website(s): EcoDess: Environmental Change and Diarrheal Disease in Ecuador

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Joseph Eisenberg is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2006. Prior to his position at the University of Michigan, Dr. Eisenberg was Associate Adjunct Professor at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health in the Divisions of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology.

Dr. Eisenberg studies infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on waterborne and vectorborne diseases. His broad research interests integrates theoretical work in developing disease transmission models and empirical work in designing and conducting epidemiology studies. Specifically he has been interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases, and currently has a project in Ecuador studying how changes in the social and natural environment, mediated by road construction, affect the epidemiology of pathogens causing diarrheal diseases. Dr. Eisenberg also has an ongoing collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene group exploring how to integrate disease transmission models and multi-country survey data, to help inform regional and national decisions on public health policy making. Dr. Eisenberg's domestic interest has been focused on the development of a new microbial risk assessment framework that shifts the traditional approach of individual-based static models to population-based dynamic models. In coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this work has led him to apply these disease transmission models to assess the public health risk from exposures to microbial agents in drinking waters, recreational waters, and biosolids.

Courses Taught

EPID602: Foundations in infectious disease transmission modeling
EPID630: Topics in Environmental Determinants of Infectious Diseases
EPID664: Field Methods in Epidemiology for Developing Countries

Education

Ph.D., University of California Berkeley/San Francisco, 1992
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Eisenberg studies infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on waterborne and vectorborne diseases. His broad research interests integrates theoretical work in developing disease transmission models and empirical work in designing and conducting epidemiology studies. Specifically he has been interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases, and currently has a project in Ecuador studying how changes in the social and natural environment, mediated by road construction, affect the epidemiology of pathogens causing diarrheal diseases. Dr. Eisenberg also has an ongoing collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene group exploring how to integrate disease transmission models and multi-country survey data, to help inform regional and national decisions on public health policy making. Dr. Eisenberg's domestic interest has been focused on the development of a new microbial risk assessment framework that shifts the traditional approach of individual-based static models to population-based dynamic models. In coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this work has led him to apply these disease transmission models to assess the public health risk from exposures to microbial agents in drinking waters, recreational waters, and biosolids.

Selected Publications

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Trostle, J.A., Hubbard, A., Scott, J., Cevallos, W., Bates, S.J., Eisenberg, J.N.S. (May, 2008). Raising the level of analysis of food-borne outbreaks: Food-sharing networks in rural coastal Ecuador. Epidemiology, 19(3), 384-390.

Bates, S.J., Trostle, J., Cevallos, W.T. , Hubbard, A., Eisenberg, J.N.S. (2007). Relating diarrheal disease to social networks and the geographic configuration of communities in rural Ecuador. American Journal of Epidemiology, 166(9), 1088-1095.

Eisenberg, J.N.S., Desai, M.A., Levy, K., Bates, S.J., Liang, S., Naumoff, K., Scott, J.C. (August, 2007). Environmental determinants of infectious disease: A framework for tracking causal links & guiding public health research. Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(8), 1216-1223.

Eisenberg, J.N.S., Scott, J., Porco, T.C. (May 2007). Integrating disease control strategies: balancing water sanitation and hygiene interventions to reduce diarrheal disease burden American Journal of Public Health, 97(5), 846-852.

Eisenberg, J.N.S., Cevallos, W., Ponce, K., Levy, K., Bates, S., Scott, J., Hubbard, A., Viera, N., Segovia, R., Espinel, M., Trueba, G., Riley, L., Trostle, J. (2006). Environmental change and infectious disease: How new roads affect the transmission of diarrheal pathogens in rural Ecuador. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(51), 19460-19465.

Eisenberg, J.N.S., Hubbard, A., Wade, T.J., Sylvester, M.J., LeChevallier, M.W., Levy, D.A, Colford, J.M.Jr. (August, 2006). Inferences drawn from a risk assessment compared directly to a randomized trial of a home drinking water intervention. Environmental Health Perspectives, 114(8), 1199-1204.

Soller, J.A., Eisenberg, J.N.S., DeGeorge, J., Cooper, R., Tchobanoglous, G., Olivieri, A.W. (March, 2006). A public health evaluation of recreational water impairment. Journal of Water and Health, 4(1), 1-19.

Eisenberg J.N.S., Lei X., Hubbard A.H., Brookhart, M.A., Colford Jr. J. M. (January, 2005). The role of disease transmission and conferred immunity in outbreaks: Analysis of the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee. American Journal of Epidemiology, 161(1), 62-72.

Eisenberg, J.N.S., Soller, J.A., Scott, J., Eisenberg, D.M., Colford, J.M. (2004). A dynamic model to assess microbial health risks associated with beneficial uses of biosolids. Risk Analysis, 24(1), 221-236.

Eisenberg, J.N.S., Lewis, B.L., Porco, T.C., Hubbard, A.H., Colford Jr., J.M. (July, 2003). Bias due to secondary transmission in estimation of attributable risk reported from intervention trials. Epidemiology, 14(4), 442-450.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene