Alumni of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health are making an impact in all areas of public health. Here is a profile of one of our graduates.
Herman Gibb (MPH ’74) is president of Tetra Tech Sciences, headquartered in Arlington, Va. He directs an interdisciplinary group of scientists specializing in risk assessment as a basis for addressing the complex problems that arise in the context of regulatory and legal matters related to health and the environment for national and international companies and governments. Prior to joining the company in 2004, Gibb was senior science advisor, associate director for health, and assistant center director at the National Center for Environmental Assessment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was project officer for the EPA’s cooperative agreements with the World Health Organization. Gibb is an epidemiologist and an internationally recognized expert on the health effects of metals and on risk assessment. He was the recipient of the EPA’s Scientific and Technological Achievement Award for his epidemiologic study of chromate production workers and the recipient of the EPA’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for his work on the drinking water standard for arsenic. He has a PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, an MPH in environmental health from Pitt Public Health, and a BS from Pennsylvania State University. Gibb is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the author of numerous book chapters, journal publications, and government assessment documents.