Brandi Janssen


Portrait of Brandi Janssen, clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs
Department: Occupational and Environmental Health
Office: S141 CPHB
Phone: (319) 335-4190

Sustainable agriculture is a big topic; Dr. Brandi Janssen knows that a truly sustainable agriculture has to keep farmers and farm workers safe, in addition to being environmentally sensitive. As director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), she oversees a statewide coalition of public and private organizations devoted to reducing injuries and fatalities on farms. As a researcher, she examines local food production in Iowa to better understand how to develop food systems that are environmentally sustainable, accessible to consumers, and profitable for farmers.

Dr. Janssen writes regularly for Iowa Farmer Today and is the author of the book Making Local Food Work: The Challenges and Opportunities of Today’s Small Farmers, coming out in spring of 2017 from the University of Iowa Press.

Learn more about Dr. Janssen in this profile….

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Public Health Methods
  • Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health
  • Agricultural Safety and Health: Practice, Research Methods, and Policy
  • First Year Seminar: Farms, Food and Health
  • Public Health Theories and society
  • Agriculture, Food Systems, and Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Alternative Agriculture
  • Food Systems
  • Environmental Justice
  • Agricultural Labor



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