Tania M Busch Isaksen, MPH, PhD

Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Services
Tania Busch Isaksen is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services. In addition to her lecturer responsibilities, she maintains an active, practice-based research portfolio focused on measuring public health outcomes associated with extreme heat; climate change risk communication methods; and climate change-related public health adaptation planning and response. Tania has over 24 years of environmental public health experience working in local public, private and academic settings. She earned her PhD from the UW in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, her MPH from the University of Washington’s eMPH Program, her BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University, and is a long-time Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Contact Information

Office: F-561B, Health Sciences Building
Box: 357234
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-
Tel: 206-685-4919

Research Interests

  • Environmental and occupational health; Climate Change Health; Public Health Mitigation and Adaptation; Artificial turf exposure risk to soccer players; Occ health risks from emerging technologies; policy applications of green chemistry principles

Teaching interests

ENVH 311 (A&S) Introduction to Environmental HealthENVH 445 (A) Integrated Solid Waste ManagementENVH 511 eMPH Environmental and Occupational HealthHSERV 534 COPHP MPH Environmental Health


MPH, Health Services, University of Washington, 2000
BS, Environmental Health, Colorado State University, 1993
PhD, Exposure Science, University of Washington, 2014
Selected Publications

Ebi K.L., Hess J.J., Isaksen T.B. 2016. Using Uncertain Climate and Development Information in Health Adaptation Planning. Springer. Current Environmental Health Report. DOI 10.1007/s40572-016-0077-0

Calkins MM, Isaksen TB*, Yost MG, Stubbs BA, Fenske RA. 2016. Impacts of extreme heat on emergency medical service calls in King County, Washington, 2007-2012: relative risk and time series analyses of basic and advanced life support. Environmental Health. Environmental Health.2016, 15:13. DOI: 10.1186/s12940-016-0109-0. URL: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/15/1/13.
Mauger, G.S.,J.H. Casola, H.A. Morgan, R.L. Strauch, B.Jones, B. Curry, T.M. Busch Isaksen, L. Whitely Binder, M.B. Krosby, and A.K. Snover, 2015. State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound. Report prepared for the Puget Sound Partnership and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle. doi:10.7915/CIG93777D. https://cig.uw.edu/resources/special-reports/ps-sok/
Isaksen T., Yost M., Hom E., Ren Y., Lyons H., Fenske R. (2015) Increased hospital admissions associated with extreme-heat events. Reviews on Environmental Health, 30, 51-64.
Isaksen, T., Fenske, R., Hom, E., Ren, Y., Lyons, H., Yost, M. (2015) Increased mortality associated with extreme-heat exposure in King County, Washington, 1980-2010. International Journal of Biometeorology, 60(1), 85-98.
Isaksen, T. B., Yost, M., Hom, E., & Fenske, R. (2014). Projected health impacts of heat events in Washington State associated with climate change. Reviews on Environmental Health, 29, 1-2.
Busch Isaksen T.M. (2014). Extreme Heat Events and Associated Health Outcomes in King County, WA: A Study of Historical Outcomes, Model Validation, and Heat Risk Mapping. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (12820)


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