John Flunker, PhD, MPH

John Flunker

Postdoctoral Scholar

PNASH Center

Dr. Flunker is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist specializing in exposure assessment, exposure-outcome modeling, and working with vulnerable populations. In partnership with industry and community stakeholders and through collaborations with multi-disciplinary research teams, he has cataloged factors related to adverse health outcomes and implemented evidence-based workplace interventions among Latino thoroughbred horse farm workers, elucidated the relationship between resource extraction particulate exposures and respiratory health experienced by residents of rural Appalachia Kentucky, and co-led a Maryland casino worker occupational safety research feasibility study designed to explore under-reported industry hazards. His current research examines wildfire smoke, heat stress, and associated safety and health outcomes among agriculture workers and residents. Dr. Flunker holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Master of Public Health both from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Science in Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology both from the University of Missouri St. Louis.


Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences