Karen Levy, PhD MPH

Karen Levy, PhD MPH

Contact Information:
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 2019
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: 404-727-4502

Title Position: Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental Health | Epidemiology | Program in Population Biology, Ecology & Evolution  | Department of Environmental Sciences – Emory College

Past Work in Latino/Hispanic Health:

Latin America: Dr. Levy and her research group focus their work on the ecology and epidemiology of waterborne and enteric diseases. Her group uses environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of the climate and land use on changes in the transmission of diarrheal diseases.  Karen Levy has worked in Ecuador for over ten years, has been involved in environmental health training in Chile and Peru since 2011, and has previously worked in Guatemala and Mexico.

Current Work in Latino/Hispanic Health:

Projects: Dr. Levy is currently working in several Latin American Countries. She has ongoing working in Ecuador, and is working to establish an environmental health-training hub based in Peru, and involving researchers from Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

Opportunities for Students

Dr. Levy works closely with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Throughout the year, she mentors graduate research assistants and thesis students. During the summers, Dr. Levy serves as an advisor for students conducting research abroad. In the past, she has mentored students who have conducted their thesis research at her field site in Ecuador. Students who work under the supervision of Dr. Levy serve as research assistants and receive guidance on thesis projects.

Relevant Courses:

Course Title:Course Offered:Description
EH548: Research Methods for Studies of Water & Health Spring This hands-on course covers methods needed to carry out field studies focused on water and health.  Through lecture and laboratory exercises, students will learn critical skills in measuring water quality exposure assessment and waterborne disease health outcomes that will enable them to conduct their own field studies and analyze the resulting data.  The focus will be on issues of microbiological contamination in developing countries, but chemical contamination and domestic cases will also be covered.
EH549: Critical Analysis of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Research Fall This journal club style seminar course will examine emerging topics in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) research. Through reading of current literature, students will be exposed to different study designs and methods, theoretical approaches, and current debates among researchers, and will engage in in-depth discussion of WASH and development topics.

Partner Organizations:

Latin America
Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador
Universidad Central del Ecuador in Ecuador
Universidad de Chile in Chile
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru