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Associate Professor, Public Health
Natalie Sampson, Assistant Professor of Public Health
D9 FCS (Fairlane Center South)
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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Biography and Education

Dr. Natalie Sampson works to understand and address the public health implications of land use and infrastructure. She conducts research with community, academic, and agency partners in an effort to remove structural inequities in environmental decision-making. She prioritizes action-oriented approaches and relies on diverse qualitative and quantitative methods, including concept mapping, photovoice, and health impact assessment.

Dr. Sampson also co-founded the Environmental Health Reseach-to-Action Youth Academy with community and academic partners to build intergenerational capacity in community science and policy advocacy to address environmental racism. She is currently the Chair-Elect of the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section and teaches courses in 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

Teaching and Research

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


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