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Faculty of the Global Program

Linda Forst, MD, MPH

Linda Forst, M.D., M.P.H.Linda Forst's primary research focus is on workers compensation, injury and illness surveillance, and disparities in occupational health. Dr. Forst is board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and maintains a clinical practice. She teaches online and in the classroom. As program director of the Global Program in Occupational Health Practice, she is committed to supporting a rich intellectual community that fosters student development and research to positively impact the public's health.

David M. Zalk, PhD, CIH

Dr. David M. Zalk, MPH, CIHDavid Zalk is a Past President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association and currently serves as their envoy to the WHO and ILO. Leading numerous national and international committees over the last two decades, he is currently the Vice President of the Foundation for Occupational Health and Safety.

David is recognized worldwide as an expert on Control Banding and qualitative risk assessment strategies and is a PhD candidate at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. David is the EHS Lead at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Site 300 experimental test site, an award-winning industrial hygienist, and remains actively involved in research and development within the greater occupational health and safety sciences. Authoring numerous journal articles and book chapters, his research includes: nanomaterial sciences, metals capture and analysis, biological and toxicological decontamination agents, occupational biomechanics, and the development of occupational risk management and health and safety management systems.

Leslie Nickels,

Leslie has 30 years of experience in occupational safety and health enforcement, curriculum development and training. Her research interests include qualitative risk assessment, simple solutions for controlling and preventing exposure and risk communication. Leslie also works with Manager Capacity Building for the World Health Organization Network of Collaborating Centers 2012-2017 Workplan.

Susan Buchanon


Michelle Waters


James Boyer