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Deborah Falta, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Public Health Sciences, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

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Dept of Public Health Sciences
Edwards 535
Tel. (864) 656-1627

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Dr. Deborah Falta was an original member of the departmental faculty, where she taught Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and several other departmental courses.  She re- joined the DPHS in the spring of 2007 after completing her dissertation in Environmental Risk Assessment.  She resumed her original teaching role in the department and has also been active with leading a Creative Inquiry and developing special topics courses.  Her research efforts have involved piloting a Health Impact Assessment that quantified the health outcomes associated with Clean Air Act attainment policies and a survey effort with SC DHEC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking program.

Ph.D -  Environmental Risk Assessment, Clemson University Dept. of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
MPH - Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley
BA - Anthropology (and Pre-Med), Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 


  • Air and drinking water quality risk assessment
  • Children’s environmental health research
  • Risk regulation perception and policy research
  • Environmental contaminants associated with autoimmune disorders


  • Authored Chapters 1-3, 8 and 9 for the “Solutions Manual” for RA Fjeld, NA Eisenberg, and KL Compton. Quantitative Environmental Risk Analysis for Human Health.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Publishers: New Jersey.  2007
  • Powell, B.A., L.D. Hughes, A. M. Soreefan, D.A. Falta, M. Wall, and T.A. DeVol.   Elevated concentrations of primordial radionuclides in sediments from the Reedy River and surrounding creeks in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 94:121-128. 2007.
  • Hughes, L.D., B.A. Powell, A.M. Soreefan, D. Falta, and T.A. DeVol.  Anomalously high levels of uranium and other naturally occurring radionuclides in private wells in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. Health Physics 88(3):248-252, March, 2005.
  • Linking drinking water exposure to cancer outcomes. White paper in response to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Broad Agency Announcement (2010-N-11993) pertaining to the Environmental Public Health Tracking program, April, 2010.
  • Durst, M.J., D.A. Falta, and M.E. Ginevan.  Date truncation and statistical bias in an epidemiological database.  Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report, August, 1993.
  • McCarthy, J.L., and D.A. Falta. The CEDR Metadata Template: A User’s Manual.  Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report, June, 1991.


  • HLTH 202 - Introduction to Public Health
  • HLTH 298 - Human Health & Disease
  • HLTH 310 - Women's Health Issues
  • HLTH 315 - Social Epidemiology
  • HLTH 320 - Men's Health
  • HLTH 380 - Epidemiology
  • HLTH H381 - Honors Epidemiology Seminar
  • HLTH 431/600 - Public and Environmental Health
  • HLTH 400/600 - Special Topics: Nutritional Epidemiology
  • HLTH 400 -  Special Topics: Bodies Under Attack (Immunological Epidemiology)
  • HLTH 497 - Creative Inquiry
  • MHA 717 - Selected Topics:  Sustainable Population Health Policies


  • American Public Health Association Member- Environmental Health Section and Food and Environment Working Group
  • National Environmental Health Association Member
  • Faculty Advisor to Clemson University Autism Society
  • Freshmen Summer Reading Committe Member


  • 2004-2005 J. Newell Stannard (Graduate Student) Fellowship Awarded by the Health Physics Society, Washington, DC
  • 2002, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, Inducted into Clemson University Chapter
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