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Sung Kyun Park

Sung Kyun Park, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Co-Director, Occupational Epidemiology Program, Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE)

M5541 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 936-1719; Fax: (734) 936-2084

E-mail: sungkyun@umich.edu

Website(s): COHSE

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Park is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Co-Director of the Occupational Epidemiology Program in the Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) (aka NIOSH ERC).

Dr. Park received his M.P.H in Environmental Health from Seoul National University in 2000 and a doctoral degree (Sc.D.) in Environmental Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005.

Dr. Park's research focuses on health effects of various environmental pollutants, such as air pollution, heavy metals, endocrine disruptors (e.g. bisphenol-A), and noise. He has a specific interest in gene-environment interaction and nutrition-environment interaction. He is also interested in statistical approaches to integrating multiple pollutants and pollutant mixtures (e.g. Environmental Risk Score). He is working with several ongoing cohort studies, such as the Normativa Aging Study, Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), Amish Family Diabetes Study (AFDS), and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). 

Courses Taught

BIOSTAT698: Modern Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Studies
EHS675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology    Syllabus (PDF)
EPID655: Field Studies in Epidemiology
EPID675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology    Syllabus (PDF)
EPID815: Modern Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Studies    Syllabus (PDF)


Sc.D., Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2005
M.P.H., Envirohnmental Health, Seoul National University, 2000
B.S., Food Science and Technology, Seoul National University, 1998

Research Interests & Projects

> > Park Group - Environmental and Molecular Epidemiology (Leader)

Our group investigates environmental and occupational determinants of chronic diseases including cardio-metabolic disease and age-related hearing loss and eye diseases with a focus on exploring biological pathways using gene-environment and nutrition-environment interactions. Environmental and occupational determinants include air pollution, heavy metals (e.g., lead, cadmium, mercury), endocrine disruptors (e.g., bisphenol-A), and occupational noise. We are also interested in statistical approaches to integrating multiple pollutants and pollutant mixtures (e.g. Environmental Risk Score). The study cohorts we examine are the Normative Aging Study, ... More >>

Environmental Epidemiology of Air Pollution and Heavy Metals 

> > Environment, Novel Aging Outcome, and Genetics (Principal Investigator)

The major goals of this project are to understand how long-term environmental exposures to lead and air pollution affect age-related pathological changes, namely, depressed cardiac function, age-related cataract and hearing loss, and to identify genetic and nutritional factors that impact susceptibility to such pollutants in an aging population.... More >>


> > Bisphenol-A, Epigenetics, and Type-2 Diabetes (Principal Investigator)

The overall goal of this proposal is to examine the relationship between bisphenol-A and type-2 diabetes and how epigenetic changes play a role in such an association in a population-based case-control study.... More >>


> > Noise, Lead and Age-Related Hearing Loss (Principal Investigator)

The goal of this project is to establish job-exposure matrix to estimate occupational noise exposure using O*NET databases, and to test the hypothesis of joint adverse effects of noise and lead on age-related hearing loss among older adults.... More >>


> > Joint Effects of Mercury and Nutrients from Fish on Cardiovascular Disease (Principal Investigator)

The goal of this project is to better understand how mercury and nutrients that share the same exposure sources interplay to inflence cardiovascular disease, and ultimately, to better understand risks and benefits of fish and seafood consumption.... More >>


> > Prospective Study of Atherosclerosis, Clinical Cardiovascular Disease, and Long Term Exposure to Ambient Particulate Matter in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort (MESA Air) (Additional Personnel)

This multi-site, prospective cohort study examines the relationship between air pollutants, the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis, and incidence of cardiovascular events.... More >>


Selected Publications

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Park, S.K., Tao, Y., Meeker, J.D., Harlow, S.D., Mukherjee, B. (2014). Environmental risk score as a new tool to examine multi-pollutants in epidemiologic research: an example from the NHANES study using serum lipid levels PLoS ONE, 9(6), e98632.

Park SK, Adar SD, O’Neill MS, Auchincloss AH, Szpiro A, Bertoni AG, Navas-Acien A, Kaufman JD, Diez Roux AV (2014). Long-term exposure to air pollution and type-2 diabetes in a multi-ethnic cohort Am J Epidemiol, (accepted)

Bakulski, K.M., Park, S.K., Weisskopf, M.G., Tucker, K.L., Sparrow, D., Spiro III, A., Vokonas, P.S., Nie, L.H., Hu, H., Weuve, J. (2014). Lead exposure, B-vitamins, and plasma homocysteine in older men Environmental Health Perspectives

Wickerham EL, Schaumberg DA, Park SK (2014). Environmental Cadmium and Lead Exposures and Age-related Macular Degeneration in US Adults: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005 to 2008 Environ Res, 133, 178-184.

Silver M.K., O'Neill M.S., Sowers M.R., Park S.K. (2011). Urinary Bisphenol A and Type-2 Diabetes in U.S. Adults: Data from NHANES 2003-2008 PLoS ONE, 10, e26868.

Park SK, Elmarsafawy S, Mukherjee B, Spiro A III, Vokonas PS, Nie H, Weisskopf MG, Schwartz J, Hu H (2010). Cumulative Lead Exposure and Age-related Hearing Loss: The VA Normative Aging Study Hearing Research, 269(1-2), 48-55.

Park S. K., Mukherjee B., Xia X., Sparrow D., Weisskopf M. G., Nie H., Hu H. (2009). Bone Lead Level Prediction Models and Their Application to Examining the Relationship of Lead Exposure and Hypertension in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) J Occup Environ Med, 51(12), 1422-1436.

Park S. K., Tucker K. L., O'Neill M. S., Sparrow D., Vokonas P. S., Hu H., Schwartz J. (2009). Fruit, vegetable and fish consumption and heart rate variability: the Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study Am J Clin Nutr, 89(3), 778-786.

Park, S.K., O'Neill, M.S., Wright, R.O. Hu, H., Vokomoas, P.S., Sparrow, D. , Suh, H. and Schwartz, J. (2006). HFE geotype, particulate air pollution, and heart rate variability: a gene-environment interaction. Circulation, 114(25), 2798-2805.

Park S.K., O'Neill, M.S., Vokonas, P.S., Sparrow, D. and Schwartz, J." (2005). Effects of air pollution on heart rate variability: the VA Normative Aging Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(3), 304-309.

Professional Affiliations

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
Society for Epidemiologic Research
Korean Society of Environmental Health
Korean Society for Preventive Medicine