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Jooyeon Hwang

Associate Professor

Jooyeon Hwang, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-8001, x40415

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 415

Post Office Box 26901

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104



Dr. Jooyeon Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Hudson College of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Hygiene and M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hwang was as a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Prior to her current appointment at OUHSC, Dr. Hwang was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services at the Western Kentucky University. Her research has focused on evaluation of the relationship between occupational exposure to specific contaminants and adverse health effects in several different industries including mining, agricultural, and public safety including firefighters. In particular, her research conducts the development of new exposure-associated epigenetic and multi-omics assessment methods to characterize occupational and environmental exposures for health studies.



  • PhD, Industrial Hygiene, University of Minnesota, 2013 
  • MS, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2008 
  • MS, Animal Environment, Seoul National University, 2003 
  • BS, Animal Nutritional Resources, Konkuk University, 2001



  • Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, OUHSC, 2022–present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, OUHSC, 2018–2022
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, 2015–2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI), 2013-2015


  • OEH 5023 Public Health Biology & Sanitation
  • OEH 5702 Principles of Safety
  • OEH 5940 Field Practice
  • OEH 5960 Directed Readings
  • OEH 5980 Research for Master’s Thesis
  • OEH 5990 Special Studies
  • OEH 6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation


Research Interests:

  • Evaluating the relationship between occupational and environmental exposure to specific contaminants and adverse health effects, especially in relation to certain chronic diseases in many different industries including public safety (firefighting), agriculture, and mining
  • Comprehensive exposure assessment methodologies that design data interpretation and develop the exposure mathematical model
  • Biomarker assessment, exposure-associated microbiome and epigenetics


Link to Dr. Hwang's current publications

Select publications:

  1. Hwang, Jooyeon; Xu, Chao; Agnew, Rob; Clifton, Shari; Malone, Tara. Health Risk of Structural Firefighters from Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, 18(8), 4209, doi:10.3390/ijerph18084209
  2. Chen, Wei-Jen; Davis, Erin; Stoner, Julie; Robledo, Candace; Goodman, Jean; Garwe, Tabitha; Janitz, Amanda; Xu, Chao; Hwang, Jooyeon; Peck, Jennifer. Urinary total arsenic and arsenic methylation capacity in pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus: A case-control study. Chemosphere. 2021;271:129828. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.129828
  3. Cai, Changjie; Nishimura, Tomoki; Hwang, Jooyeon; Hu, Fei; Kuroda, Akio. Asbestos Detection with Fluorescence Microscopy Images and Deep Learning. Sensors (Basel). 2021;21(13):4582. doi:10.3390/s21134582 
  4. Hwang, Jooyeon; Golla, Vijay; Metwali, Nervana; Thorne, Peter S. Inhalable and Respirable Particulate and Endotoxin Exposures in Kentucky Equine Farms, Journal of Agromedicine, 2020, Aug 20: 1-11. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2019.1656128
  5. Hwang, Jooyeon; Taylor, Ritchie; Cann, Charles; Golla, Vijay; Gilbert, Weylin. Assessment of ambient air diesel particulates in fire departments using different exposure metrics: Pilot study. Fire Safety Journal. 2019;106:155-162. doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2019.04.005