PhD, Epidemiology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


MS, Industrial Hygiene

Central Missouri State University


BA, Biology

University of Missouri


Dr. Wayne Sanderson is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health. He has a research focus on occupational and environmental health. He is currently the Director of the Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center (CARERC). He is also Director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention and was formally the Director of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa. These are Centers for research and education on health and safety problems facing our nation’s workers and rural residents. Dr. Sanderson conducts research on respiratory diseases, cancers, and birth defects associated with a wide variety of occupational and environmental exposures. The research projects of his many students cover a very broad range of topics encompassing epidemiology, exposure assessment, and risk assessment components. Before coming to the University of Kentucky in December 2009, Dr. Sanderson was a Professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Department of the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. He was the Director of the Industrial Hygiene Training Program for the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety where he taught industrial hygiene and epidemiology courses. From 1978 to 2002, Dr. Sanderson worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)—a Center of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--starting in 1978 and culminating with his position as Chief of the Industrial Hygiene Section in the Industrywide Studies Branch.

Research Interests:
  • Agricultural health and safety
  • Respiratory diseases, cancers, and birth defects associated with a variety of occupational and environmental exposures