Gibb: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice


Now president of Gibb Epidemiology Consulting, Herman Gibb (EOH ’74) has more than 35 years of experience in health risk assessment and has provided expert consultation to a variety of international and national clients. He chairs the World Health Organization (WHO) Foodborne Epidemiology Reference Group Chemical Task Force and was a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries and Presidential Advisory Board on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health. He serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health and adjunct associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at GWU Medical Center. 

Prior to starting his company in 2014, Gibb was president of Tetra Tech Sciences, where he managed contracts providing public health support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Health Canada, and WHO. Before that he served as associate director for health and assistant center director at the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment. He is an author of the EPA's Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Principles and Practices. He received a Scientific and Technological Achievement Award from the EPA for his study of lung cancer mortality and clinical irritation among chromate production workers and the EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for his work on the drinking water standard for arsenic. His study of chromate production workers utilized one of the most extensive industrial hygiene databases ever assembled and formed the basis of OSHA’s 2006 Permissible Exposure Limit on Hexavalent Chromium. He is an author of two WHO Environmental Health Criteria Documents: “Principles for the Assessment of Risks to Human Health from Exposure to Chemicals” and “Environmental Health Criteria Document on Arsenic and Arsenic Compounds.” His expertise with chromium exposures and carcinogenesis was acknowledged by his testimony before two U.S. Senate committees on the subject of hexavalent chromium, including one on injury to soldiers during the Iraq War. 

Gibb earned his MPH in environmental and occupational health in 1974 from Pitt Public Health.


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