Marie S. O'Neill, Ph.D.

Marie O'Neill

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

6623 SPH Tower      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 615-5135; Fax: (734) 936-7283


Website(s): Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Marie O'Neill's research interests include health effects of air pollution, temperature extremes and climate change (mortality, asthma, hospital admissions, and cardiovascular endpoints); environmental exposure assessment; and socio-economic influences on health. She has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pan American Health Organization, in Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health and the National Center for Environmental Health as a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Research Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at University of Michigan from 2004 to 2006.

Courses Taught

EHS608: Environmental Epidemiology
EHS668: Professional Seminar in Occupational Health
EPID530: Scientific Writing for Epidemiologists
EPID608: Environmental Epidemiology
EPID665: Research Seminar in International Health


Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2000
M.S., Environmental Health Sciences, Harvard University, 1997
B.A., Environmental Studies/Hispanic Literature and Culture, Brown University, 1990

Research Interests & Projects

Cardiovascular mechanisms for air pollution health effects

Climate change, weather and health

Environmental equity and susceptible populations

Environmental exposure assessment

Air pollution, temperature and health in Latin American cities

Selected Publications

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White-Newsome, J.L., McCormick, S., Sampson, N., Buxton, M.A., O'Neill, M.S., Gronlund, C. J., Catalano, L., Conlon, K.C., Parker, E.A. (February, 2014). Strategies to reduce the harmful effects of extreme heat events: a four-city study International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2, 1960-88.

Fleischer NL, Merialdi M, van Donkelaar A, Vadillo-Ortega F, Martin RV, Betran AP, Souza JP, O'Neill MS (2014). Outdoor Air Pollution, Preterm Birth, and Low Birth Weight: Analysis of the World Health Organization Global Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health. Environmental Health Perspectives

O'Neill, MS, Osornio-Vargas, AR, Buxton, MA, Sanchez, BN, Rojas-Bracho, L, Castillo-Castrejon, M, Mordhukovich, I, Brown, DG, Vadillo-Ortega, F (2013). Air pollution, inflammation and preterm birth in Mexico City: Study design and methods Science of the Total Environment

Smarr, M.M., Vadillo-Ortega, F., Castillo-Castrejon, M., O'Neill, M.S. (April, 2013). The use of ultrasound measurements in environmental epidemiological studies of air pollution and fetal growth Current Opinions in Pediatrics, 2, 240-6.

Park SK, Auchincloss AH, O'Neill MS, Prineas R, Correa JC, Keeler J, Barr RG, Kaufman JD, Diez Roux AV (2010). Particulate air pollution, metabolic syndrome, and heart rate variability: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Environmental Health Perspectives, 10, 1406-1411.

Reid, CE, O'Neill MS, Gronlund, CJ, Brines, SJ, Brown, DG, Diez Roux, AV, Schwartz, J. (2009). Mapping community determinants of heat vulnerability Environmental Health Perspectives

O'Neill, M.S., Kinney, P.L., Cohen, A.J. (2008). Environmental equity in air quality management: Local and international implications for air quality and climate change Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health

O'Neill, M.S., McMichael, A.J., Schwartz, J., Wartenberg, D. (2007). Poverty, environment and health: The role of environmental epidemiology and environmental epidemiologists. Commentary. Epidemiology, Vol. 18, No. 6, 664-668.

O'Neill, M.S., Loomis, D. and Borja-Aburto, V.H. (2004). Ozone, area social conditions, and mortality in Mexico City. Environmental Research, 234-242.

O'Neill, M.S., Zanobetti, A. and Schwartz, J. (2003). Modifiers of the temperature and mortality association in seven U.S. cities. American Journal of Epidemiology, 157(12), 1074-1082.

Professional Affiliations

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology


Extreme Heat

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