Robert Wahl, PhD

MSEH Colorado State University

DVM Colorado State University


Robert “Bob” Wahl has taught part-time for MSU since 2012 in the MPH Program and has recently accepted the position of full-time faculty in the program. He has taught several MPH courses including Introduction to Public Health, Environmental Factors of Health, Epidemiology and Public Health, Study Design and Research Methods for Public Health Practice, and the Public Health Capstone, and he developed and taught Human Risk Assessment & Risk Management in Public Health.


Scholarly Work 

Dr. Wahl comes to MSU with 20 years’ experience at the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) where he served as an environmental and chronic disease epidemiologist, managing the Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance and Program Evaluation sections. His work in environmental health focused on asthma surveillance, the effects of air pollutants on asthma and on adverse birth outcomes, and the health effects of climate change. Bob has also served on the Advisory Committee for BioWatch, a federal program to detect terrorist release of pathogens.


Areas of Interest

From his experiences at MDHHS, Bob is able to introduce students to “real world” connections between research and policy implications. As a researcher within MDHHS, he has extensive experience in grant authoring and management. At MDHHS, he was the PI on many cooperative agreements funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); more recently, one to address asthma from a public health perspective, including extensive asthma surveillance, and the other to implement and improve Michigan’s Ongoing Stroke Registry to Accelerate Improvement of Care (MOSAIC).


Wahl Robert

Assistant Professor