Faculty Profile

Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, PhD, MPH

Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, PhD, MPH

Chair and Professor, Epidemiology

Professor, Global Public Health

  • 4659 SPH I
  • M5174 SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Dr. Eisenberg is the John G. Searle endowed Chair and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  Dr.  Eisenberg received his PhD in Bioengineering in the joint University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco program, and an MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Eisenberg studies infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on waterborne and vectorborne diseases. His broad research interests, global and domestic, integrate theoretical work in developing disease transmission models and empirical work in designing and conducting epidemiology studies. He is especially interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases. 

PhD, , University of California Berkeley/San Francisco, 1992

MPH, , University of California, Berkeley, 1991

B.S., , University of California, Berkeley, 1982

His research projects in Ecuador explore how changes in the social and natural environments, mediated by road construction, affect the epidemiology of pathogens.  Dr. Eisenberg collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene group, integrating disease transmission models and multi-country survey data to help inform regional and national decisions on public health policy making. A related WHO project involves transitioning from millennium goals of 2015 to sustainable development goals for 2030.  He is also principal investigator on an NIH funded grant to model the environmental spread of infectious pathogens through the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), where the Ecuador platform is one of many being used to develop infection transmission models to better understand mechanisms of transmission and potential intervention and control of enteric pathogens.  Dr. Eisenberg's domestic interest has been focused on the development of a new microbial risk assessment framework that shifts the traditional approach of individual-based static models to population-based dynamic models. In coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this work has led him to apply these disease transmission models to assess the public health risk from exposures to microbial agents in drinking waters, recreational waters, and biosolids. Dr. Eisenberg’s work locally and abroad is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary.

  • Goldstick J., Trostle J., Eisenberg J.N.S.  (2014) Ask when - not just whether - it’s a risk: How regional context influences local causes of diarrheal disease.  American Journal of Epidemiology.  May 15;179(10):1247-54 (PMC4010187).

  • Carlton E., Eisenberg J.N.S., Goldstick J., Cevallos W., Trostle J., Levy K (2014) Heavy rainfall events and diarrhea incidence: The role of social and environmental factors.  American Journal of Epidemiology, 179(3):344-52 (PMC3895100).

  • Spicknall I.H.,  Foxman B, Marrs C., Eisenberg J.N.S.  (2013) A modeling framework for the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance:  A literature review and model categorization.  American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(4): 508-520 (PMC3736756).

  • Enger K.S; Nelson K.L., Rose J.B., Eisenberg, J.N.S (2012) The joint effects of efficacy and compliance: a study of household water treatment effectiveness.  Water Research. 47(3): 957-1502.

  • Eisenberg J.N.S., Shield K., Sorrenson R.  Trostle J. (2012) Toward a systems approach to enteric pathogen transmission:  From individual-level independent risk to community-level interdependent transmission.  Annual Reviews in Public Health.  33:239–57:  doi:  10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031811-124530  (PMCID: PMC3360960)

  • Zelner J., Trostle J., Goldstick J.E., Cevallos W., House J., Eisenberg J.N.S.*  (2012) Social connectedness and disease transmission: Social organization, cohesion, village context and infection risk in rural Ecuador.  American Journal of Public Health 102(12):2233-9. (PMCID: PMC3519324)

  • Eisenberg J.N.S., Goldstick J.E., Cevallos W., Trueba G., Levy K., Scott J., Percha B., Segovia R., Ponce K., Hubbard A., Foxman B., Marrs C., Smith D., Trostle J. (2012)  In-Roads to the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance: Regional patterns of microbial transmission in northern coastal Ecuador.  9(70) 1029-1039, doi: 10.1098/​rsif.2011.0499, Proceedings of the Royal Society:  Interface. (PMCID:PMC3306639)

  • Li, S., Eisenberg J.N.S., Spiknall I., Koopman J.S.  (2009) Dynamics and Control of Infections Transmitted from Person to Person through the Environment.  American Journal of Epidemiology.  170(2): 257-265.

  • Eisenberg, J.N.S., Desai, M.A., Levy, K., Bates, S.J., Liang, S., Naumoff, K., Scott, J.C. (August, 2007). Environmental determinants of infectious disease: A framework for tracking causal links & guiding public health research. Environmental Health Perspectives 1216-1223.

  • Eisenberg, J.N.S., Scott, J., Porco, T.C. (May 2007). Integrating disease control strategies: balancing water sanitation and hygiene interventions to reduce diarrheal disease burdenAmerican Journal of Public Health846-852.

  • Eisenberg, J.N.S., Cevallos, W., Ponce, K., Levy, K., Bates, S., Scott, J., Hubbard, A., Viera, N., Segovia, R., Espinel, M., Trueba, G., Riley, L., Trostle, J. (2006). Environmental change and infectious disease: How new roads affect the transmission of diarrheal pathogens in rural Ecuador.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences19460-19465.

  • Eisenberg J.N.S., Lei X., Hubbard A.H., Brookhart, M.A., Colford Jr. J. M. (January, 2005). The role of disease transmission and conferred immunity in outbreaks: Analysis of the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee.American Journal of Epidemiology62-72.

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