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Steven Ault, M.Sc., MRSB, is a public health biologist who serves as a guest lecturer/adjunct co-instructor in MIAEH's Global Health Certificate program and an adjunct instructor in EPIB.  He is a member of the School’s Global Health Advisory Committee, and recently served as an adviser and volunteer to the Assistant Dean for Development.  Steven is currently a member of the research advisory committees of the international NGOs ‘effect-hope’ and FootWork, which fund and conduct research on leprosy transmission and podoconiosis elimination, respectively. He is also appointed as a member of two Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (Health in the Americas; Public Health Entomology).  Steven is a technical adviser in vector control and zoonoses to the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), serves annually on a research proposal review panel of the US National Academies (of Science), and otherwise consults in international public health from Alexandria, Virginia.

Steven recently retired as the Senior Advisor for Neglected Infectious Diseases at the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, DC, after 19 years of service. His portfolio included the coordination of PAHO’s neglected tropical diseases elimination and control program, focusing on lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, leishmaniasis, leprosy, trachoma, fascioliasis, and integrated vector management. He served with PAHO/WHO in Guatemala as the country advisor on environmental and occupational health (1997-1999) with attention to ambient air pollution control, prevention of cholera, potable water quality systems improvement, comparative environmental risk assessment, disaster preparedness and response, and vector control. Steven was the regional ecologist in infectious diseases and environmental health (1999-2005) based in PAHO-Brazil where he supported the Ministry of Health in mitigation and monitoring of pesticide contamination in Cidade dos Meninos, air quality control with CETESB-Sao Paulo, environmental risk assessment in Limeira SP, interventions for control of dengue outbreaks and Chagas disease, and treatment, control and elimination of lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. Significant partnerships in his work in PAHO/WHO included US CDC, IDB, the Carter Center, Task Force for Global Health, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Gates Foundation, World Bank, Gorgas Memorial Laboratory of Panama, Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Pedro Kouri” of Cuba and bilateral donors USAID and Canada.

Prior to 1997 Steven served as Technical Director for Public Health in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Environmental Health Project (1994–1997), Deputy Director of the California EPA Comparative Risk Project (1991–1993) looking at state-wide environmental and public health risks, and Chief of Research Services at the California Integrated Waste Management Board/California EPA working on health risks of composting, radioactive waste disposal, and waste-to-rail. He also served as senior lecturer (part-time) in environmental studies at California State University-Sacramento, teaching a joint UG/G course “Global Environmental Problems”.  He was a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) of the California Dept. of Health Services serving 3 counties in California, and a field entomologist in the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Abatement District.

Steven did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California (Davis and Berkeley) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine/University of Liverpool. He has published 23 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters in tropical public health themes. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (CDHS and NEHA, retired), Member of ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists), and professional biologist (MRSB, Member of the Royal Society of Biology, UK).

Education and Training

1997.    Graduate Certificate Program, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, occupational and environmental health (training)

1994.    Ph.D. Program, University of California, Davis, Ecology (medical ecology) (training)

1983.    Ph.D. Program, University of California, Davis, Entomology (medical entomology) (training)

1982.    M.S. (Cand.), University of California, Davis, International Agricultural Development

1975.    M.Sc., Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine/University of Liverpool, Applied Parasitology

1974.    B.S., University of California, Davis, Entomology


MIEH605  Fundamentals of Global Health (co-instructor)

MIEH606  Global Classroom: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges (co-instructor)

MIEH/EPIB330  Field Epidemiology for Global Health Intervention (co-instructor)

EPIB632  The Coming Plague: Public Health Perspectives [forthcoming Fall 2018]

Honors and Awards

Member, Royal Society of Biology (UK), 2017 to date (by appointment)

Member, Technical Advisory Group on Public Health Entomology, 2016-2019, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (by appointment)

Member, Technical Advisory Group on Health in the Americas, 2016-2017, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (by appointment)

Merit Promotion Award, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, 2012

Member, Outstanding Team Award, 2010, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.  Influenza A (H1N1) emergency response team to combat the H1N1 Pandemic

Registered Sanitarian, National Environmental Health Association, 1994 (by exam)

Member, WHO/FAO/UNEP Panel of Experts on Environmental Management for Vector Control, 1988-1991 (by appointment)

Registered Environmental Health Specialist, California Dept of Health Services, 1987 (by exam)

Robert S. McNamara Fellow, World Bank, 1983-84