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Michael T Schmeltz, DrPH, MS Faculty Profile

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Michael  T  Schmeltz, DrPH, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Schmeltz received his doctorate in Public Health from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and School of Public Health where he focused his research on examining health and economic impacts associated with climate change. Afterwards, he was a postdoc at the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development, continuing his work on climate change impacts to human health. He has held positions at state and local public health agencies as well as working internationally in Australia and Asia studying methods of adaptation, mitigation, and assessment of vulnerable populations to extreme events and disasters.

Dr. Schmeltz's research interests are focused on the impacts of climate change on public health. He is particularly interested in identifying indicators for vulnerability to climate change hazards and working towards improving adaptation and resilience among vulnerable populations.

  • Boston University, Biomedical Research BS
  • Hunter College, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences MS
  • City University of New York, Graduate Center, Public Health (Environmental Health) DrPH
Spring Semester 2020
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
HSC 34001Climate Change & Public HealthTTH11:00AM12:15PMSC-N119Hayward Campus
HSC 38501Vector ControlMW3:30PM4:45PMVBT-0124Hayward Campus
HSC 499A1ICapstone in Health SciencesM8:00AM9:40AMOFF SITEOakland Center
HSC 499A1JCapstone in Health SciencesW8:00AM9:40AMVBT-0134Hayward Campus

Min E, Gruen D, Banerjee D, Echeverria T, Freelander L, Schmeltz M, Saganić E, Piazza M, Galaviz VE, Yost M, Seto EY. The Washington State Environmental Health Disparities Map: Development of a Community-Responsive Cumulative Impacts Assessment Tool. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2019 16(22):4470.

Schmeltz MT, Marcotullio PJ. Examination of Human Health Impacts Due to Adverse Climate Events Through the Use of Vulnerability Mapping: A Scoping Review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 2019;16(17):3091; ; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173091

Schmeltz MT, Grassman JA, Cheng Z. (2019, May). Assessing Soil Lead Exposure for Gardeners in New York City–A Pilot Study. In Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference 2018:pp. 4-11. Springer, Cham.

Gamble JL, Schmeltz MT, Hurley B, Hsieh J, Jette G, Wagner H. Mapping the Vulnerability of Human Health to Extreme Heat in the United States (EPA/600/R-18/212F) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2018. Available at:

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Schmeltz MT & Gamble JL. Risk characterization of hospitalizations for mental illness and/or behavioral disorders with concurrent heat-related illness. PLoS One, 2017:12(10);e0186509. 

Schmeltz MT, Petkova E, Gamble JL. Economic burden of hospitalization for heat-related illnesses in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2016:13, 894, doi:10.3390/ijerph13090894. 

Schmeltz MT, Marcotullio PJ, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Sembajwe G. Outcomes of hospitalizations for common illnesses associated with a comorbid heat-related illness in the United States, 2001-2010. Climatic Change, 2016: doi 10.1007/s10584-016-1747-5 

Schmeltz MT, Sembajwe G, Grassman JA, Marcotullio PJ, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. Identifying individual risk factors and documenting the pattern of heat-related illness through hospitalization and spatial patterns of household cooling. PLoS One, 2015:10(3);e0118958.

Schmeltz, MT, González, SK, Fuentes, L, Kwan, A, Ortega-Williams, A, & Cowan, LP. Lessons from Hurricane Sandy: a Community Response in Brooklyn, New York. Journal of Urban Health, 2013:90(5); 799-809. 

Schmeltz M, Ryder M, Le DN. Prescription for a Healthy City: Making New York City Pharmacies Tobacco Free. New York, NY: Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. in partnership with the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, 2012. 

Sedlar, S., Clark, N., Schmeltz, M., DiGrande, L., Graber, N., Kelley, D. Fatal Injuries among Construction Workers. NYC Vital Signs 2011, 10(1); 1-4

Schmeltz M, Smith JA, Ganesh C. Advancing Adaptation to Climate Change in the Healthcare Sector – A Policy Analysis. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Nov 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA. Oral presentation.

Schmeltz M, Sinha P, Julius S, Truesdale R, Womack D, Eddy M, Doraiswamy P, et al. Assessing Community Vulnerability to Pollutant Releases due to Extreme Events. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Nov 10, 2018; San Diego, CA. Oral presentation.

Schmeltz M, Gamble J. Challenges and best practices to mapping the vulnerability of human health to climate change. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Nov 6, 2017; Atlanta, GA. Oral presentation. 

Schmeltz M, Palinkas L, Levine C, Pineda-Reyes F, Spector J and Lee C. Health equity and climate change: A collaborative session with APHA Caucuses of under-served communities. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Nov 1, 2016; Denver, CO. Oral presentation – Session lead and Moderator. 

Schmeltz M. Risk characterization of hospitalizations for mental illness and/or behavioral disorders with concurrent heat-related illness. International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Annual Meeting; September 1-4, 2016; Rome, Italy. Poster Presentation. 

Michael T. SchmeltzInvited speaker “Climate change and health: An examination of vulnerability mapping methodologies and risk characterization of vulnerable subpopulations” March 10, 2016. Center on Population, Environment, and Health Seminar at Stony Brook University. 

Michael T. SchmeltzInvited speaker “Outcomes of hospitalizations for common illnesses associated with a comorbid heat-related illness” August 28, 2015. Seminar for CUNY Doctor of Public Health Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Schmeltz M. Comparing outcomes and hospital resource use of heat- related illness hospitalizations and common co- morbidities in the United States, 2001-2010. Session Title: Global Variation in Heat Related Impacts. International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Annual Meeting; August 25, 2014; Seattle, WA. Oral Presentation. 

Schmeltz M. Risk factors influencing hospitalizations due to heat-related illnesses: Patterns of hospitalization use during heat events. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Nov 2, 2013; Boston, MA. Oral presentation. 

Michael T. Schmeltz and Sonia K Gonzalez-Gladstein. "Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy: Resilience and Recovery" May 9, 2013: Brooklyn College, Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences, NY: Presentation and Panel Discussion.   

Gonzalez-Gladstein SK, Cowan L & Schmeltz M. Red Hook After Sandy: A critical analysis of a community-based organization's response. Nature, Ecology & Society - Twelfth Annual Colloquium: SuperStorm Sandy: Before, During & After, March 8th, 2013: CUNY Graduate Center New York, NY: Presentation and Panel Discussion. 

Schmeltz M. Tobacco product sales and advertisements at pharmacies in selected New York City neighborhoods: An observational study. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Oct 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA. Poster presentation. 

Schmeltz M. Lead contaminated soils: Are urban gardeners being exposed? A pilot study. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; Oct 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA. Poster presentation.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

  • Member
  • Education Board

International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)

  • Member

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • Member

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