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Center for Human Nutrition


Mary Fox

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001;M.P.H., University of Rochester, 1989;B.S., State University of New York at Albany, 1987
Departmental Affiliation
Health Policy and Management
Departmental Address
624 N. Broadway, 407
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 443-287-0778
Fax: 410-614-4535
Research and Professional Experience

My research exploits the complementary aspects of the epidemiological, toxicological, and environmental sciences to develop and refine quantitative risk assessment methods to improve the public’s health. The new concepts of cumulative risk assessment present an opportunity to create interdisciplinary approaches to public and environmental health because of the multiple determinants of health framework that serves as its foundation. My work addresses the health effects of exposure to chemical mixtures including whether differential exposure to mixtures contributes to racial and ethnic health disparities. Current US environmental policies address one chemical at a time while actual exposures occur as multiple chemical mixtures. Through my research I seek to inform environmental policies that account for multiple chemical and non chemical exposures.


environmental health, risk assessment, cumulative risk, public policy, community health

Honors and Awards

American Association for the Advancement of Science Risk Policy Fellowship, 2001 Centers for Disease Control Dissertation Grant, 1999 Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute Scholarship, 1999 Society for Risk Analysis Student Abstract Award, 1998 Avoca Rod and Gun Club Environmental Scholarship, 1996 Phi Beta Kappa, 1987

Selected Publications

White R.H., Fox M.A., Cooper G., Bateson T., Burke T.A., Samet J.M.  (2013) Workshop Report: Evaluation of Epidemiological Data Consistency for Application in Regulatory Risk Assessment. The Open Epidemiology Journal 6:1-8. Available:

Fox, M.A. and Latshaw, M.W.  (2013) State Public Health Laboratory Biomonitoring Programs: Implementation and Early Accomplishments. Journal of Environmental Health 75(6):90-94.

Sheehan M.C., Burke T.A., Breysse P.N., Navas-Acien A., McGready J., and Fox M.A. (2012) Association of chronic hepatitis markers and blood mercury levels in US reproductive-age women using NHANES 2001-2008:  a cross-sectional study. Environmental Health 11:62. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-62

Young G., Fox M., Trush M., Kanarek N., Glass T., Curriero F.  (2012) Differential Exposure to Hazardous Air Pollution in the United States: A Multilevel Analysis of Urbanization and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Deprivation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9(6): 2204-2225. doi:10.3390/ijerph9062204

Chari R., Burke T.A., White R.H., Fox M.A. (2012) Integrating Susceptibility into Environmental Policy: An Analysis of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Lead. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9(4):1077-1096. doi:10.3390/ijerph9041077

Zablotsky Kufel J., Resnick B.A., Fox M., Frattaroli S., Gielen A., Burke T.A.  (2011) Local food protection and safety infrastructure and capacity: a Maryland case study. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 17(6):534-41.

Zablotsky Kufel, J.S., Resnick, B.A., Fox, M.A., McGready, J., Yager, J.P., Burke, T.A. (2011) The Impact of Local Environmental Health Capacity on Foodborne Illness Morbidity in Maryland. American Journal of Public Health 101(8):1495-1500.

Nachman K.E., Fox M.A., Sheehan M.C., Burke TA, Rodricks JV, Woodruff TJ. (2011) Leveraging Epidemiology to Improve Risk Assessment. The Open Epidemiology Journal (4): 3-29.  Available:

Fox, M., Curriero, F., Kulbicki, K., Resnick, R., Burke, T. (2010) Evaluating the community health legacy of WWI chemical weapons testing.  Journal of Community Health 35:93-103.

Fox, M., Chari, R., Resnick, B., Burke, T. (2009) Potential for chemical mixture exposures and health risks in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 15 (4): 831-845.

White, R., Cote, I., Zeise, L., Fox, M., Dominici, F., Burke, T., White, P., Hattis, D., Samet, J. (2009) State-of-the-Science Workshop Report: Issues and Approaches in Low Dose–Response Extrapolation for Environmental Health Risk Assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives 17(2):283-287.

Juzych, N.S., Resnick, B., Streeter, R., Herbstman, J., Zablotsky, J., Fox, M., and Burke, T.  (2007)  State Capacity to Address Non-Communicable Disease Clusters:  Is it Adequate in the Era of Environmental Public Health Tracking? American Journal of Public Health 97(Suppl 1):S163-169

Fox, M.A., Tran, N.L., Groopman, J.D., Burke, T.A. (2004) Toxicological Resources for Cumulative Risk: An Example with Hazardous Air Pollutants. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 40(3):305-311.

Fox, M.A., Groopman, J.D., Burke, T.A. (2002) Evaluating Cumulative Risk Assessment for Environmental Justice: A Community Case Study. Environmental Health Perspectives 110(Suppl. 2):203-209.

Burke, T.A., Litt, J.S., Fox, M.A. (2000) Linking Public Health and the Health of the Chesapeake Bay. Environmental Research Section A 82:143-149.

Tran, N.L., Burke, T.A., Fox, M.A., Litt, J.S., Shalauta, N.M., Ruscio, B. (1999) Environmental Health Risk Assessment Methodology for Application in Oversea Military Deployment. Applied Physics Lab Technical Digest 20(3).

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