Russell McIntire, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Community and Population Health
Office: HST 274


Dr. Russell McIntire is an Associate Professor and behavioral epidemiologist, with training in geographic information systems. His research identifies the social, behavioral, and geographic factors that impact people’s health where they live, work, and play. He studies how geo-based proximity to risk factors and access to resources impacts chronic diseases, with a focus on vulnerable populations. His major topical interests include healthy parks, gardening and greening interventions, mental health, and cancer outcomes. 

Dr. McIntire comes to Lehigh from Thomas Jefferson University, where he had appointments in the College of Population Health and the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, and was a full member of the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center. He was an Associate Director of the Jefferson Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities through which he conducted interdisciplinary research with architects, designers, city planners, physicians, and community members. He received his doctorate in Health Behavior and Master of Public Health at Indiana University School of Public Health- Bloomington. 

His scholarly goals are to identify populations with the greatest disease burden, help design interventions to reduce health disparities, and educate students to become compassionate and effective members of the public health community. His research, teaching, and service contribute to his mission of extending the quality of life and life expectancy of people within populations, and reducing health disparities between demographic and geographic groups. 


Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington, Ph.D. in Health Behavior, MPH

Case Western Reserve University, BA in Biology and Environmental Studies

Areas of Research and Publications

  • Social epidemiology
  • Built environment
  • Parks and Green Spaces
  • GIS Mapping
  • Cancer prevention

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