Harvey Checkoway, PhD, MPH

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Dr. Checkoway has held faculty positions in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina (1979-87), the University of Washington Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (primary) and Epidemiology (joint) (1987-2013), and the University of California, San Diego, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (2013 – present). His main research and teaching interests have focused on occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious disease, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, and respiratory disorders. He is first author of the textbook, “Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology” Oxford University Press, 1st ed. 1989, 2nd ed 2004. He served as Program Director of the University of Washington Superfund Research Program, funded by NIEHS (1998-2013).

Contact Information

University of California (San Diego)
Tel: 858-822-0159

Research Interests

  • Occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious diseases, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, respiratory disorders
  • KEYWORDS: Occupational epidemiology; Environmental epidemiology; Metals; Pesticides, Silica, Superfund sites; Textile industry hazards; Welding & metal trades hazards

Teaching interests

Occupational and environmental epidemiology


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1978
MPH, Epidemiology, Yale University, 1975


• Parkinsonism risk and progression among professional welders (PI, NIEHS)
• Endotoxin exposure and risk of parkinsonism (PI, NIEHS)
• Lifetime uvB exposure, Vitamin D, and multiple sclerosis (PI, National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
• Imaging biomarkers of neurotoxicity in welders (Co-I, NIEHS)
• Haptoglobin phenotype and smoking: effects on iron levels in Parkinson disease (Co-I, NINDS)
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