James A. VanDerslice, PhD

Research Interests

  • Environmental Chemicals in Fish
  • Nitrates in Drinking Water
  • Surveillance of Pesticide-Related Illnesses


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Adjunct Associate Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Public Health

Academic Bio

Jim VanDerslice, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health. His research focuses on evaluating human exposures to chemical and microbiological hazards in the environment. Several of his studies have examined contaminants in drinking water and foods, and their effects on infants and children. He utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool to assess spatial patterns in exposures. He has recently become interested in the effects of the built environment on physical activity and obesity, and is using GIS to classify the built environment of SLC neighborhoods using spatial data and aerial imagery.

Research Statement

James VanDerslice, MSEE, PhD, conducts research of the environmental factors affecting human health using large databases to conduct large retrospective studies of the effects of contaminated drinkingwater and poor ambient air quality on a diverse set of outcomes including suicide, pneumonia, sperm quality, cancers and pre-term birth. He specializes in the use of predictive modeling and spatial methods to estimate environmental exposures for large populations. He ha salso been involved in research regarding the health impacts from poor water quality, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low-resource settings and is active in WASH projects in Pakistan, Ghana. His current focus is on the transmission of serious antibiotic resistant organisms from human and animals wastes to human populations.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of North Carolina
Modeling Joint Effects of Environmental Risk Factors
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of North Carolina, School of Public Health
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Graduate Training University of North Carolina, School of Public Health
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Undergraduate Humboldt State University
Environmental Resources Engineering