Joel Schwartz, Ph.D.

Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Joel Schwartz is a Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. His work has been instrumental in the removal of lead from gasoline, and the setting of particulate air pollution standards around the world.

Schwartz’s work tightened federal clean-air standards and improved compliance within industry. In addition to his research into lead, he was among the first to link elevated death rates to particulates of sulfur from coal-burning power plants and black carbon from motor-vehicle exhaust.

Dr. Schwartz’s current research interests include:

  • Health consequences of exposure to pollutants.
  • Health effects of ozone exposure.
  • Effects of antioxidants on respiratory health.

Dr. Schwartz received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University.