Steve Browning, PhD
Associate Professor
111 Washington Ave.
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.2235



PhD, Epidemiology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


MSPH, Epidemiology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


BS, Biology

University of Utah


Dr. Steven R. Browning is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. He is also the Assistant Director of the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center and an associate faculty member in the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center.  Prior to becoming a faculty member in the College of Public Health, he was a faculty member in the UK College of Nursing, and in the UK College of Medicine. Dr. Browning teaches graduate level courses in advanced epidemiologic methods, study design, occupational and environmental epidemiology, and social epidemiology. He has advised more than 150 graduate students for doctoral dissertations and master’s theses.


Dr. Browning’s interests are in occupational, injury, and environmental epidemiology. He has conducted population-based research projects on agricultural health concerns among farmers and farm families in the state of Kentucky. Along with UK colleagues, he was awarded a five year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for their project “Community-engaged research & action to reduce respiratory disease in Appalachia” to examine respiratory health disparities among adults in Eastern Kentucky. Using a community-based participatory research approach, they have conducted an epidemiologic assessment to investigate the relationships among indoor air pollutants, behavioral and social determinants and their cumulative effects on the risk of respiratory disease, especially asthma and COPD, among adults in rural Appalachia.


He has also worked on a number of collaborative interdisciplinary research projects employing both traditional and novel epidemiologic research designs. Collaborating with faculty in the UK College of Nursing, he has been an investigator on studies of the health of long haul truckers, the health of older farmers in Kentucky and South Carolina, and the issue of suicide among older farmers in the Southeastern United States. He has been involved in a number of studies using ecologic designs to examine the health effects, including breast, ovarian, and reproductive outcomes, of exposure to the pesticide atrazine. He received national recognition related to his research on a putative cancer cluster in Pennsylvania.  Previously, he has been a principal investigator on a NIOSH-funded cohort study entitled “Children's Injuries on Kentucky Beef Cattle Farms" and Co-PI on a grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, "Chronic Arsenic Exposure from Drinking Water and Reproductive Effects,” an international study undertaken in Chile.


Selected publications include:


Baker C, Browning S, Charnigo C, Bunn T, Sanderson W. Factors Related to Return To Play After Knee Injury in High School Football Athletes. Annals of Epidemiology. 2018 (In press)


Bush AM, Westneat S, Browning SR, Swanberg J. Missed Work Due to Occupational Illness among Hispanic Horse Workers. J Agric Saf Health. 2018;24(2):89-107.


Reilly S, Sanderson WT, Christian WJ, Browning SR. Geographical Clusters and Predictors of Rabies in Three Southeastern States. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2017;17(6):432-438.


Browning SR, Westneat SC, Reed D. Farm work injuries among a cohort of children in Kentucky. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, 2016 Dec 23;23(4):604-611




Research Interests:
  • Occupational, environmental, and injury epidemiology
  • Research methods in the design of epidemiologic studies