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Susan Kaplan, JD

Research Assistant Professor

Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences


Building & Room:

1058 SPHPI


1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0738

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Susan Kaplan, JD


My research and teaching focus on environmental sustainability and environmental health policy. Prior to UIC, I developed regulations at OSHA in Washington DC, was assistant director of an energy policy group at the Kennedy School of Government, and managed the brownfields program at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

My areas of expertise and interest include brownfields, sustainable development, asthma, children's environmental health, and chemicals policy.

My recent publications include:

-Which State You Live in Matters for How Well Environmental Laws Protect Your Health - The Conversation

-Reconnecting Environment and Health: The Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights the Need to Protect the Environment in Order to Protect Human Health - Ensia

-How to Avoid Greenwashing and Harmful Pesticides in Lawn Care - Environmental Health News

-Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectants: Even During the Pandemic, "Quats" Should Not Be Used Around Children - Region 5 PEHSU

-Beyond 2020: A Vision for Pesticide Policies That Protect the Environment and Public Health - Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

-United Nations Environment Programme chemicals control guides for developing countries: Structure and Funding; Risk Reduction; Enforcement

-Investigating Environmental Contamination: A Guide for Communities - Region 5 PEHSU

-Green Commuting in the Health Care Sector: Obstacles and Best Practices - JOEM

-Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve? The Commonwealth Fund


Courses I have taught include Ethics and Justice in Environmental and Occupational Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, and Brownfields: Integrating Health, Environment, and Planning.

Professional Leadership

Section Councilor and Chair, Policy Committee, Environment Section, American Public Health Association


University of Wisconsin Law School