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Dr Rufus Edwards is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology.  Dr. Edwards' research focuses on human exposures to air pollution emissions and subsequent health effects. These include populations in the industrialized world and assessment of exposures and subsequent health effects from household emissions from solid fuel use and small scale industries in developing nations. Dr Edwards was a member of the WHO Indoor Air Quality Guidelines Development Group (GDG) to establish air quality guidelines for household combustion sources, and was lead convening author for the evidence chapter on emissions from household solid fuel use and a lead author for the chapter on models to link household energy use with indoor air quality. Dr Edwards was also consultant to the WHO to develop the Household Energy Assessment Rapid Tool (HEART) to conduct rapid situational assessments and stakeholder mapping of a country’s readiness to address access to clean energy technologies and has worked with the WHO Urban Health Initiative to identify evidence based strategies to reduce the burden of air pollution in Accra, Ghana, and Katmandu Nepal. Dr Edwards was Senior International “Air Pollution” Consultant to UNICEF Mongolia to address effects of air pollution from rapid urbanization on children’s health, and currently is working with on strategies to reduce air pollution exposures in Ulaanbaatar. He also serves on the Environment/Climate Advisory Committee for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

For more information on Dr. Rufus. Edwards, his research interests and recent publications please visit his full-length faculty bio


Academic Courses


PUBHLTH 167. Air Pollution, Climate, and Health.

PUBHLTH 171. Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants.

PUBHLTH 30. Urban Environmental Health


EPIDEM 269. Air Pollution, Climate, and Health.

EPIDEM 270. Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants.

Current Research Projects

US EPA R835425 Impacts of household sources on outdoor pollution at village and regional scales in India – to conduct a detailed speciation of particulate matter composition and organic gas emissions from dung and biomass using cookstoves in India to determine population exposures to secondary particle formation from these sources

US EPA R835423 A Global Map of Feasible Residential Solutions, Emphasizing Stoves with Space Heating Uses – to develop a systematic approach for evaluating the impact of solid fuel heating stoves on neighborhood air quality