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Linda S Forst

Linda S. Forst

Linda S. Forst

Dr. Linda Forst, M.D., MPH, MS is board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and maintains a clinical practice.

Title/Position at UIC: Dr. Forst is a professor in the division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, Department Affiliate for the College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Center in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Courses Taught: Dr. Forst has taught Occupational/Environmental Diseases and Biological Determinants of Public Health

Areas of Interest: Dr. Forst is interested in work as a determinant of health, evaluation of disability rating guidelines, occupational injury--surveillance and prevention as well as workers' compensation

Current and Recent Projects


1. Under contract from WHO: wrote a curriculum for primary care providers on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining--diagnosis and prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries (this is in response to the Minamata Convention; the curriculum will be published and available by December 2017

2. For WHO: Leading an international working group to develop an evidence based guidance on early diagnosis of occupational diseases. Worked on the ICD-11 case definitions for occupational diseases in a WHO working group

3. Received a Dozer Award from Israel to spend 2 weeks there this summer teaching in their summer course on public health ethics and giving seminars

4. Global Program in Occupational Health Practice ( This is the 8th year of a program that has four 10-week courses on Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene. Has taught ~130 people in 80 countries, to date.

5. Working on a Fogarty grant with Ghana Health Service

6. Great Lakes Center WHO Collaborating Center Director: There are 12 projects in this center. Leaders (faculty from EOHS and COM) meet every couple months to share, support projects.


1. Co-Principal Investigator (with Lee Friedman) on Occupational Illness and Injury Surveillance in Illinois. Funded by NIOSH, we serve as the bona fide agent of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Work with state agency and community stakeholders.Covers a surveillance system for occupational injury and illness sentinels in a national reporting system; adult lead poisoning; includes a study to establish a pesticide illness reporting system.

2. Co-investigator. Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project. (PIs: Lorraine Conroy; Jennifer Hebert Beirne; part of the Center for Healthy Work, Lisa Brosseau is overall PI). This is a CBPR project in N and S Lawndale. Part of this project is being replicated in 2 communities in Tel Aviv.

3. Faculty Advisor of PhD student, Gabriela Gracia. Participatory Ergonomics among Indigenous Weavers in Chile

4. Faculty of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program, which trains physicians who are specializing in Occupational Medicine


Patient care (urgent care) at O'Hare International Airport, in the Dept of Emergency Medicine


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