Tania M Busch Isaksen, PhD

Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Services
Tania Busch Isaksen is a Lecturer and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), as well as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Health Services. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, she maintains an active, practice-based research portfolio focused on public health outcomes associated with extreme heat and widlfire smoke exposures; risk communication methods; climate change-related public health adaptation planning and response, sustainable materials management, and occupational health and safety risks in the cannabis industry. Tania has over 25+ 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, and her BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University.

Contact Information

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

Research Interests

  • Environmental Health. Climate Change & Population Health Impacts. Public Health Mitigation and Adaptation Interventions. Occupational health and Safety: Cannabis Industry. Practice & Community-based Participatory Research.

Teaching interests

ENVH 311 (A&S) Introduction to Environmental Health

ENVH 445 (A) Integrated Solid Waste Management

HSERV 534 COPHP MPH Environmental Health

ENVH 511 eMPH Environmental and Occupational Health


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

Washington State Department of Health*. (2018) Field Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Disinfection Units in On-site Wastewater Treatment Report to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology. DOH Pub # in press.

Devine, A., Vu, P., Yost, M., Seto, E., & Busch Isaksen, T. (2017). A Geographical Analysis of Emergency Medical Service Calls and Extreme Heat in King County, WA, USA (2007-2012). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(8), International journal of environmental research and public health, 20 August 2017, Vol.14(8).

Washington State Department of Health. (2017) Investigation of Reported Cancer among Soccer Players in Washington State. DOH Pub 210-091. http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/210-091.pdf

Spector JT, Bonauto DK, Sheppard L, Busch-Isaksen T, Calkins M, Adams D, et al. (2016). A Case-Crossover Study of Heat Exposure and Injury Risk in Outdoor Agricultural Workers. PLoS One 11:e0164498; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164498.

Isaksen T., Turnberg W., VanBuren J. (2016) Environmental Health. In B. Nicola & A. Hagopian (Eds.), Experiential Teaching for Public Health Practice: Using Cases in Problem-Based Learning. ISBN (Print): 978-1-68108-388-9 © 2016, Bentham eBooks imprint.

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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