Natalie Sampson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health
College of Education, Health, and Human Services
Health & Human Services
D9 Fairlane Center South | 19000 Hubbard Drive | Dearborn, MI 48126

Teaching Areas:

Arab American Studies, Environmental Health, Public Health

Research Areas:

Community Based Research, Environmental Health, Inequality/Disparity, Land Use & Health

Biography and Education

Natalie Sampson, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She currently serves in many leadership roles in the field of environmental health at the local and national level, including: 

Dr. Sampson works across sectors and disciplines to understand and address the environmental justice implications of land use planning and infrastructure with community, academic, and agency partners. She values diverse ways of knowing through qualitative and quantitative methods, including photovoice and health impact assessment. Through her action-oriented research, Dr. Sampson aims to remove structural inequities in environmental decision-making, build capacity for community and youth-led research, and increase the use of plain language in the field of environmental health. She teaches courses on environmental health and community organizing.


Ph.D. in Health Behavior Health Education, University of Michigan

M.P.H. in Health Promotion, Portland State University

B.S. in Environmental Studies, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  1. Sampson, N., Sagovac, S., Schulz, A., Fink, L., Mentz, G., Reyes, A., Rice, K., DeMajo, R., Gamboa, C., & Vial, B. (2020). Mobilizing for community benefits to assess health and promote environmental justice near the Gordie Howe International Bridge. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(13), 4680. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17134680.
  2. Sampson, N., Price, C., Kassem, J.  Doan, J. & Hussein, J.(2019). “We’re just sitting ducks”: Examining recurrent household flooding as an underreported environmental health threat in Detroit’s changing climate. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(1). doi:10.3390/ijerph16010006 
  3. Koman, P.D., Hogan, K.A., Sampson, N., Mandell, R., Coombe, C., Tetteh, M., Hill-Ashford, Y., Wilkins, D., Goodric., Loch-Caruso, R., Schulz, A., & Woodruff, T.J. (2018). Examining joint effects of air pollution exposure and social determinants of health in defining “at-risk” populations under the Clean Air Act: Susceptibility of pregnant women to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. World Medical & Health Policy, 10(1), 7-54. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.257
  4. Schulz, A., Mentz, G., Sampson, N., Ward, M., Anderson, R., deMajo, R., Israel, B., Lewis, T.,  Wilkins, D. (2016) Social and physical environments and the distribution of risk: A case example from Detroit. DuBois Review, 13(2), 285-304. doi:10.1017/S1742058X1600016
  5. Sampson, N., Gronlund, C., Buxton, M., Catalano, L., White-Newsome, J., Conlon, K., O’Neill, M., McCormick, S., & Parker, E. (2013). Staying cool in a changing climate: Reaching vulnerable populations during heat events. Global Environmental Change, 23(2), 475-482. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.12.011
  6. Sampson, N. (2012). Environmental justice at school: Understanding research, policy and practice to improve our children’s health. Journal of School Health, 82(5), 246-252. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00694.x