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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

School of Public Health


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Megan N. Hall, ScD, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Tel: (718) 221-5234 • Fax: (718) 221-5154


Academic Qualifications:
  • ScD: Harvard University
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship: Columbia University
  • MS: University of Connecticut
Background and Expertise:

Dr. Hall joined the faculty of the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health in January 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She received her ScD in Epidemiology and Nutrition from Harvard University in 2007.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Hall also held positions there as an Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Professor. She has experience teaching in the areas of epidemiologic study design and data analyses, nutritional epidemiology, nutritional science, and environmental health.

Dr. Hall’s recent research takes a broad view of the environment to include nutritional as well as other environmental exposures. She is especially interested in the role of nutrition in the development of non-communicable diseases and in how specific nutrient intake levels may alleviate or exacerbate the adverse health effects of other environmental exposures (such as heavy metals). For example, she has studied nutritional influences on arsenic detoxification in Bangladesh, where there is widespread exposure to naturally-occurring arsenic (a known human carcinogen) through drinking water. Utilizing both observational and intervention studies, Dr. Hall aims to identify low-cost, low-risk interventions that will improve the health of populations with a heavy burden of exposure to environmental toxins and/or deleterious nutrient intakes.

Research Interests:
  • The role of nutrition in the development of non-communicable diseases
  • The health effects of low-level exposure to heavy metals in children and adults
  • The pros and cons of seafood consumption during pregnancy
  • The potential role of in utero and early life exposure to heavy metals and select nutrients in the development of autism
  • Quantification of dietary exposure to arsenic and mercury in susceptible NYC residents
  • Potential exposure to heavy metals through urban gardening
Courses Taught:

EOHS 5205: Public Health Aspects of Physical Trauma

EOHS 5203: Built Environment & Public Health