Patrick O’Shaughnessy


A portrait of Professor Patrick O'Shaughnessy of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department: Occupational and Environmental Health
Office: S320 CPHB
Phone: (319) 335-4202

Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, professor in the University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, learned industry hazards firsthand.

O’Shaughnessy spent eight years as a construction worker before furthering his education in civil and environmental engineering. He now directs the UI Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, one of 18 such centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH.)

Because of the widespread impact on worker safety and health, students in the program know their work can make a difference. “What we’re doing can have a real effect on quality of life, and extending lives with better health,” he said.

Learn more about Dr. O’Shaughnessy at this profile…

Courses Taught

  • OEH:6420 Methods in Exposure Science
  • CPH:2220 Building a Healthier Tomorrow
  • OEH:6432 Assessing Non-Ionizing Radiation
  • OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health
  • CEE:4159 Air Pollution Control Technology

Research Interests

  • Industrial hygiene exposure assessment
  • Respirator theory and testing
  • Ambient air assessment and modeling
  • Microplastic toxicity