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Linda Forst, MD, MPH


Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Pronouns: She, her, hers


Building & Room:

1045 SPHPI


1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-9489


Clinician, researcher, professor in Occupational and Environmental Health

Selected Grants

CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program, Co-Investigator

CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Healthy Work: Greater Lawndale Healthy Work, Co-Investigator

CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health--> Illinois Department of Public Health-->UIC, Pre-Hospital Surveillance of Occupational injuries among EMS Personnel, Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

Forst. L Tractor Rollovers are Preventable. Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov;108(11):1436-1437. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304716.

Forst LS, Lacey S, Chen HY, Jimenez R, Bauer S, Skinner S, Alvarado R, Nickels L, Zanoni J, Petrea R, Conroy L. Effectiveness of Community Health Workers for Promoting Use of Safety Eyewear by Latino Farm Workers. Am J Industr Med 2004;46(6):607-13

Topete L, Forst L, Zanoni J, Friedman L. Workers’ Compensation and the Working Poor. Am J Industr Med 2018;61(3):189-97

Stiehl E, Forst L. Safety Climate among Non-traditional Workers in Construction. New Solutions 2018;28(1): Jan.[Epub]

Jacobs DE, Forst L. Occupational Safety, Health and Healthy Housing. A Review of Opportunities and Challenges. J Public Health Manag Pract 2017;23(6): e36-e45

Kaplan S, Forst L. Linking Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety Data in Health Care: A Research Roadmap. New Solut. 2017 Aug;27(2):189-209.

Bonney T, Forst L, Rivers S, Love M, Pratap P, Bell T, Fulkerson S. Occupational Safety and Health in the Temporary Services Industry: A Model for a Community-University Partnership. New Solut. 2017 Aug;27(2):246-259.

World Health Organization. Environmental and Occupational Hazards Associated with Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining. A Summary of Current Knowledge. 2016. Available at:

Forst L, Ahonen E, Zanoni J, Oschner M, Kimmel L, Martino C, Kader A, Rodriguez E, Ringholm E, Sokas R. More than Training: Community Based Participatory Research to Reduce Injuries among Hispanic Construction Workers. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Aug;56(8):827-37

Forst L, Friedman L, Chin B, Madigan D. Spatial Clustering of Occupational Injuries in Communities.Am J Public Health 2015;105(suppl 3):S526-33.

Publication Aggregators

Service to Community

Illinois Partnership for Safety: implementation of strategic plan for the State of Illinois; data committee

Cook County Department of Public Health Advisory Board

Professional Leadership

Director, WHO Collaborating Center in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety

Notable Honors

2016, Dozor Award, Ben Gurion University

2007-present, Delta Omega, Public Health Honor Society

2005-2009, Senior Specialist, Fulbright


Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Michigan Bachelor of Science. Horticulture. 1977.
University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona Master of Science. Genetics. 1980.
Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Michigan Doctor of Medicine (MD). 1983.
University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois Master of Public Health. 1987.
Cook County Hospital Residency, Chicago, Illinois. Specialization: Internal Medicine & Preventive/Occupational Medicine, 1983-1987

Licensures and Certifications

Medical Board Certifications
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1988
Diplomate, American Board of Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine), 1991

Medical Licensure
State of Illinois, Physician and Surgeon, #036-070836

Professional Memberships

  • American  Public Health Association
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • International Commission on Occupational Health

Selected Presentations

Forst L. Occupational Hazards among Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Miners. American Occupational Health Conference. Chicago, April 2016
Forst L, Chin B, Madigan D, Friedman L. Burden of Occupational Injury on Communities. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Anchorage, June 2016
Madrigal J, Forst L. Occupational Health in the Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. EPICOH. Barcelona, September 2016
Forst L. Global Activities to Develop Diagnostic Criteria for Occupational Diseases. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Boise, Idaho, June 2017
Forst L. WHO Curriculum in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining for Signatory Compliance with Minamata Convention on Mercury. SCETOH/ICOH. Zagreb, 2017
Forst L. Immigration, Work, and Health. Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Beer Sheva, Israel. June 2017, June 2018

Research Currently in Progress

Community Based Occupational Health in 2 communities in Chicago

Surveillance of Occupational Injuries

Surveillance of Pesticide Related Illness

Surveillance of Occupational Injuries among EMS Providers

Intellectual Property