PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001
BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
Megan Latshaw works to improve health through changes in our environment. Her efforts focus on making science useful for:
• Those working in public health or environmental agencies
• The public
Examples of Dr. Latshaw’s efforts include creating the State Environmental Health Directors group, and providing a vision and groundwork for the National Biomonitoring Network. Current efforts focus on designing healthy communities, studying energy changes aimed at improving health, and improving environmental health surveillance.
With a doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins, she recently rejoined their faculty after working for more than a decade in the non-profit world. Following Michael Bloomberg’s recent $300 million gift to transform American health, Dr. Latshaw was asked to serve the co-lead for the Environmental Challenges focus area. She also serves as Director of the two Master’s Degree Programs, co-director of a third, and teaches at both the undergraduate & graduate levels. Her massive open online course on Chemicals & Health has enrolled over 35,000 students from all over the world.
Currently in her second year as Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section, she has participated on more than a dozen committees, presented at almost two dozen meetings and co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles (the first of which was published in JAMA). Along with Dick Jackson, Dr. Latshaw convened a group of leaders around communicating environmental health in new, meaningful ways, using drinking water as the entre to better understanding.
Prior to Hopkins, Megan worked to strengthen environmental and public health laboratories as the Environmental Health Director at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Her team focused on creating a national biomonitoring system, testing for agents of chemical terrorism, and building a home base for environmental laboratories. Before that, Megan served as the Senior Director for Environmental Health Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.