Rachael M. Jones, PhD, CIH


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Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Occupational and Environmental Health

Academic Bio

Rachael M. Jones, PhD, MPH, CIH is an industrial hygienist and exposure scientist. Dr. Jones completed her graduate training at the University of California, Berkeley and her post-doctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Jones' research interests include: the development and application of mathematical models and statistical methods to characterize occupational and environmental exposures, particularly to infectious agents; quantitative microbial risk assessment; and the social, legal and political conditions of work.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Interdisciplinary Public Health Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Doctoral Training University of California, Berkeley
Environmental Health Sciences
Graduate Training University of California, Berkeley
Public Health/Environmental Health Sciences
Undergraduate University of Washington

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Tang S, Mao Y, Jones RM, Tan Q, Ji JS, Li N, Shen J, Lv Y, Pan L, Ding P, Wang X, Wang Y, MacIntyre CR, Shi X (2020). Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2? Evidence, prevention and control. Environ Int, 144, 106039.
  2. Brosseau LM, Jones RM, Harrison R (2020). Elastomeric respirators for all healthcare workers. (Epub ahead of print) Am J Infect Control.
  3. Jones RM (2020). Relative contributions of transmission routes for COVID-19 among healthcare personnel providing patient care. J Occup Environ Hyg, 17(9), 408-415.
  4. Phan LT, Sweeney DM, Maita D, Moritz DC, Bleasdale SC, Jones RM, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (2020). Respiratory viruses in the patient environment. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 41(3), 259-266.
  5. Jones RM, Bleasdale SC, Maita D, Brosseau LM, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (2019). A systematic risk-based strategy to select personal protective equipment for infectious diseases. Am J Infect Control, 48(1), 46-51.
  6. Phan LT, Sweeney D, Maita D, Moritz DC, Bleasdale SC, Jones RM, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (2019). Respiratory viruses on personal protective equipment and bodies of healthcare workers. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 40(12), 1356-1360.
  7. Zietsman M, Phan LT, Jones RM (2019). Potential for occupational exposures to pathogens during bronchoscopy procedures. J Occup Environ Hyg, 16(10), 707-716.
  8. Phan LT, Maita D, Mortiz DC, Bleasdale SC, Jones RM (2019). Environmental Contact and Self-contact Patterns of Healthcare Workers: Implications for Infection Prevention and Control. Clin Infect Dis, 69(Suppl 3), S178-S184.
  9. Blaisdell J, Turyk ME, Almberg KS, Jones RM, Stayner LT (2019). Prenatal exposure to nitrate in drinking water and the risk of congenital anomalies. Environ Res, 176, 108553.
  10. Weber RT, Phan LT, Fritzen-Pedicini C, Jones RM (2019). Environmental and Personal Protective Equipment Contamination during Simulated Healthcare Activities. Ann Work Expo Health, 63(7), 784-796.
  11. Bleasdale SC, Sikka MK, Moritz DC, Fritzen-Pedicini C, Stiehl E, Brosseau LM, Jones RM (2019). Experience of Chicagoland acute care hospitals in preparing for Ebola virus disease, 2014-2015. J Occup Environ Hyg, 16(8), 582-591.
  12. Phan LT, Maita D, Mortiz DC, Weber R, Fritzen-Pedicini C, Bleasdale SC, Jones RM, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (2019). Personal protective equipment doffing practices of healthcare workers. J Occup Environ Hyg, 16(8), 575-581.
  13. Huang YK, Hanneke R, Jones RM (2019). Bibliometric analysis of cardiometabolic disorders studies involving NO2, PM2.5 and noise exposure. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 877.
  14. Fritzen-Pedicini C, Bleasdale SC, Brosseau LM, Moritz D, Sikka M, Stiehl E, Jones RM, CDC Prevention Epicenter Program (2019). Utilizing the focused conversation method in qualitative public health research: a team-based approach. BMC Health Serv Res, 19(1), 306.
  15. Almberg KS, Turyk ME, Jones RM, Rankin K, Freels S, Stayner LT (2018). Atrazine Contamination of Drinking Water and Adverse Birth Outcomes in Community Water Systems with Elevated Atrazine in Ohio, 2006⁻2008. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 15(9).
  16. Su YM, Jones RM (2017). Recipes for simulated vomitus. J Infect Prev, 19(3), 141-143.
  17. Phan L, Su YM, Weber R, Fritzen-Pedicini C, Edomwande O, Jones RM, CDC Epicenter Prevention Program (2017). Environmental and body contamination from cleaning vomitus in a health care setting: A simulation study. Am J Infect Control, 46(4), 397-401.
  18. Jones RM, Xia Y (2017). Annual Burden of Occupationally-Acquired Influenza Infections in Hospitals and Emergency Departments in the United States. Risk Anal, 38(3), 442-453.
  19. DeFlorio-Barker S, Wing C, Jones RM, Dorevitch S (2018). Estimate of incidence and cost of recreational waterborne illness on United States surface waters. Environ Health, 17(1), 3.
  20. Jones RM, Burstyn I (2017). A conceptual model for take-home workplace exposures. J Occup Environ Hyg, 15(1), D8-D11.
  21. Su YM, Phan L, Edomwande O, Weber R, Bleasdale SC, Brosseau LM, Fritzen-Pedicini C, Sikka M, Jones RM, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (2017). Contact patterns during cleaning of vomitus: A simulation study. Am J Infect Control, 45(12), 1312-1317.
  22. Almberg KS, Turyk ME, Jones RM, Rankin K, Freels S, Graber JM, Stayner LT (2017). Arsenic in drinking water and adverse birth outcomes in Ohio. Environ Res, 157, 52-59.
  23. Phan LT, Jones RM (2017). Chicago transit authority train noise exposure. J Occup Environ Hyg, 14(6), D86-D91.
  24. Jones RM, Burstyn I (2016). Bayesian Analysis of Occupational Exposure Data with Conjugate Priors. Ann Work Expo Health, 61(5), 504-514.
  25. Jones RM (2016). Burden of Occupationally Acquired Pulmonary Tuberculosis among Healthcare Workers in the USA: A Risk Analysis. Ann Work Expo Health, 61(2), 141-151.
  26. DeFlorio-Barker S, Wade TJ, Jones RM, Friedman LS, Wing C, Dorevitch S (2016). Estimated Costs of Sporadic Gastrointestinal Illness Associated with Surface Water Recreation: A Combined Analysis of Data from NEEAR and CHEERS Studies. Environ Health Perspect, 125(2), 215-222.
  27. Lei H, Jones RM, Li Y (2017). Exploring surface cleaning strategies in hospital to prevent contact transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. BMC Infect Dis, 17(1), 85.
  28. Stayner LT, Almberg K, Jones R, Graber J, Pedersen M, Turyk M (2016). Atrazine and nitrate in drinking water and the risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight in four Midwestern states. Environ Res, 152, 294-303.
  29. Jones RM, Burstyn I (2016). Cross-classified occupational exposure data. J Occup Environ Hyg, 13(9), 668-74.
  30. Paccha B, Jones RM, Gibbs S, Kane MJ, Torremorell M, Neira-Ramirez V, Rabinowitz PM (2016). Modeling risk of occupational zoonotic influenza infection in swine workers. J Occup Environ Hyg, 13(8), 577-87.
  31. Bulka CM, Jones RM, Turyk ME, Stayner LT, Argos M (2016). Arsenic in drinking water and prostate cancer in Illinois counties: An ecologic study. Environ Res, 148, 450-456.
  32. Jones RM, Xia Y (2015). Occupational exposures to influenza among healthcare workers in the United States. J Occup Environ Hyg, 13(3), 213-22.
  33. Dorevitch S, DeFlorio-Barker S, Jones RM, Liu L (2015). Water quality as a predictor of gastrointestinal illness following incidental contact water recreation. Water Res, 83, 94-103.
  34. Dell LD, Gallagher AE, Crawford L, Jones RM, Mundt KA (2015). Cohort Study of Carbon Black Exposure and Risk of Malignant and Nonmalignant Respiratory Disease Mortality in the US Carbon Black Industry. J Occup Environ Med, 57(9), 984-97.
  35. Jones RM, Dell L, Torres C, Simmons CE, Poole J, Boelter FW, Harper P (2015). Exposure Reconstruction and Risk Analysis for Six Semiconductor Workers With Lymphohematopoietic Cancers. J Occup Environ Med, 57(6), 649-58.
  36. Jones RM, Brosseau LM (2015). Aerosol transmission of infectious disease. J Occup Environ Med, 57(5), 501-8.
  37. Jones RM, Su YM (2015). Dose-response models for selected respiratory infectious agents: Bordetella pertussis, group a Streptococcus, rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus. BMC Infect Dis, 15, 90.
  38. Lopez R, Lacey SE, Jones RM (2015). Application of a two-zone model to estimate medical laser-generated particulate matter exposures. J Occup Environ Hyg, 12(5), 309-13.
  39. Jones RM, Stayner LT, Demirtas H (2014). Multiple imputation for assessment of exposures to drinking water contaminants: evaluation with the Atrazine Monitoring Program. Environ Res, 134, 466-73.
  40. Jones RM, Nicas M (2014). Experimental evaluation of a Markov multizone model of particulate contaminant transport. Ann Occup Hyg, 58(8), 1032-45.
  41. Jones RM, Nicas M (2014). Benchmarking of a Markov multizone model of contaminant transport. Ann Occup Hyg, 58(8), 1018-31.
  42. Almberg KS, Turyk M, Jones RM, Anderson R, Graber J, Banda E, Waller LA, Gibson R, Stayner LT (2014). A study of adverse birth outcomes and agricultural land use practices in Missouri. Environ Res, 134, 420-6.
  43. National Childrens Study Placenta Consortium, Nanes JA, Xia Y, Dassanayake RMAPS, Jones RM, Li A, Stodgell CJ, Walker C, Szabo S, Leuthner S, Durkin MS, Moye J, Miller RK (2014). Selected persistent organic pollutants in human placental tissue from the United States. Chemosphere, 106, 20-27.
  44. Yavuz BM, Jones RM, DeFlorio-Barker S, Vannoy E, Dorevitch S (2014). Receiver-operating characteristics analysis: a new approach to predicting the presence of pathogens in surface waters. Environ Sci Technol, 48(10), 5628-35.
  45. Nieh C, Dorevitch S, Liu LC, Jones RM (2014). Evaluation of imputation methods for microbial surface water quality studies. Environ Sci Process Impacts, 16(5), 1145-53.
  46. Jones RM, Graber JM, Anderson R, Rockne K, Turyk M, Stayner LT (2013). Community drinking water quality monitoring data: utility for public health research and practice. J Public Health Manag Pract, 20(2), 210-9.
  47. Torres C, Jones R, Boelter F, Poole J, Dell L, Harper P (2013). A model to systematically employ professional judgment in the Bayesian Decision Analysis for a semiconductor industry exposure assessment. J Occup Environ Hyg, 11(6), 343-53.
  48. Young DB, Jones RM (2013). Analytical performance issues: quantifying response time in carbon monoxide monitors to produce high-resolution measurements. J Occup Environ Hyg, 11(1), D17-9.
  49. Lippert JF, Lacey SE, Jones RM (2014). Modeled occupational exposures to gas-phase medical laser-generated air contaminants. J Occup Environ Hyg, 11(11), 722-7.
  50. Jones RM, Adida E (2012). Selecting nonpharmaceutical interventions for influenza. Risk Anal, 33(8), 1473-88.
  51. Shogan BD, Smith DP, Packman AI, Kelley ST, Landon EM, Bhangar S, Vora GJ, Jones RM, Keegan K, Stephens B, Ramos T, Kirkup BC Jr, Levin H, Rosenthal M, Foxman B, Chang EB, Siegel J, Cobey S, An G, Alverdy JC, Olsiewski PJ, Martin MO, Marrs R, Hernandez M, Christley S, Morowitz M, Weber S, Gilbert J (2013). The Hospital Microbiome Project: Meeting report for the 2nd Hospital Microbiome Project, Chicago, USA, January 15(th), 2013. Stand Genomic Sci, 8(3), 571-9.
  52. Jones RM, Liu L, Dorevitch S (2012). Hydrometeorological variables predict fecal indicator bacteria densities in freshwater: data-driven methods for variable selection. Environ Monit Assess, 185(3), 2355-66.
  53. Jones RM, Adida E (2011). Influenza infection risk and predominate exposure route: uncertainty analysis. Risk Anal, 31(10), 1622-31.
  54. Jones RM, Simmons CE, Boelter FW (2011). Comparing two-zone models of dust exposure. J Occup Environ Hyg, 8(9), 513-9.
  55. Jones RM (2011). Critical review and uncertainty analysis of factors influencing influenza transmission. Risk Anal, 31(8), 1226-42.
  56. Jones RM, Simmons C, Boelter F (2011). Development and evaluation of a semi-empirical two-zone dust exposure model for a dusty construction trade. J Occup Environ Hyg, 8(6), 337-48.
  57. Simmons CE, Jones RM, Boelter FW (2011). Factors influencing dust exposure: finishing activities in drywall construction. J Occup Environ Hyg, 8(5), 324-36.
  58. Nicas M, Jones RM (2009). Relative contributions of four exposure pathways to influenza infection risk. Risk Anal, 29(9), 1292-303.
  59. Jones RM, Masago Y, Bartrand T, Haas CN, Nicas M, Rose JB (2008). Characterizing the risk of infection from Mycobacterium tuberculosis in commercial passenger aircraft using quantitative microbial risk assessment. Risk Anal, 29(3), 355-65.
  60. Steinmaus C, Smith AH, Jones RM, Smith MT (2008). Meta-analysis of benzene exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma: biases could mask an important association. Occup Environ Med, 65(6), 371-8.
  61. Smith MT, Jones RM, Smith AH (2007). Benzene exposure and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 16(3), 385-91.
  62. Jones RM, Nicas M (2005). Margins of safety provided by COSHH Essentials and the ILO Chemical Control Toolkit. Ann Occup Hyg, 50(2), 149-56.
  63. Jones RM, Nicas M (2005). Evaluation of COSHH Essentials for vapor degreasing and bag filling operations. Ann Occup Hyg, 50(2), 137-47.


  1. Dell LD, Gallagher AE, Crawford L, Jones RM, Mundt KA (2015). Authors' Response to Dr. Morfeld. [Letter to the editor]. J Occup Environ Med, 58(1), e23.
  2. Jones RM, Dell L, Torres C, Simmons CE, Poole J, Boelter FW, Harper P (2015). Author Response to Drs Paek and Gassert. [Letter to the editor]. J Occup Environ Med, 57(11), e144-5.