Carolyn Murray is a public health/preventive medicine physician with expertise in occupational and environmental medicine. For the past five years she has directed the Community Outreach and Translation Core for the NIEHS/EPA Dartmouth Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center. Her current research is focused on the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study, which is studying the impact of environmental contaminants such as arsenic on fetal and childhood development. She is also a co-investigator in the Dartmouth Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, part of the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. She has particular research interest in the intersection of health care and environmental health. Murray teaches in both the on-campus and online MPH programs at The Dartmouth Institute. She leads the public health seminar series for the Leadership Preventive Medicine residents. She co-teaches the “Determinants, Design and Data” module for the Foundations in Population Health course in the online MPH program along with Introduction to Environmental Health. As a member of the founding faculty for The Dartmouth Institute/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Leadership Preventive Medicine residency program, she has mentored dozens of residents in their public health and preventive medicine training.
Murray earned her BS and MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health and an MD from the University of Virginia. She completed a Public Health/General Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado. She is board certified in general preventive medicine/public health and occupational medicine.
Environmental Health Science and Policy (SHORT COURSE)
This course engages students in the exploration of major environmental and occupational health issues through application of the basic tools of environmental science including epidemiologic methods, toxicology and risk assessment. Participants will examine the relationship between environmental and occupational exposures and human disease with emphasis on the interface of science and policy, the role of regulatory agencies and environmental risk communication. Topics include air and water quality, hazardous waste, radiation, heavy metals, food safety, environmental pathogens, and clinical occupational medicine. Faculty use a variety of teaching tools including lectures, audiovisual media, case studies, guest experts, and assigned readings/exercises. As a culminating project, students will author an environmental policy white paper based on a synthesis of scientific evidence.
Required for MPH
Prerequisites: PH 139 (or equivalent introductory epidemiology/biostatistics course) and PH 100 or approval of the instructor.
Introduction to Environmental Health
This course engages students in the exploration of major environmental and occupational health issues through application of the basic tools of environmental science including epidemiologic methods, toxicology and risk assessment. Participants will examine the relationship between environmental and occupational exposures and human disease with emphasis on the interface of science and policy, the role of regulatory agencies and environmental risk communication.
Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy
This course will explore core content areas beginning with exploring commonly used health behavior models (e.g., Evans and Stoddart, Social Ecological Model). Emphasis will be on understanding healthcare delivery systems and the linkages to social and behavioral determinants of health. Students will also receive an introduction to research design and program implementation, basic concepts of supply/demand curves as well as an overview of the health insurance marketplace and healthcare payment models, and an introduction to quality improvement frameworks for improving health and healthcare. Students completing this course will be fluent in health care policy language, the systems that govern payment and service delivery as well as the individual and community factors that impact population health. Students will also have the skills to assess quality and applicability of research for use in practice.