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Tufts Public Health

Beth Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
​Co-Chair, Public Health Admissions Committee
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Beth Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
​Co-Chair, Public Health Admissions Committee
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Phone ​617-636-3926
Campus: Boston

Biography

Dr. Rosenberg brings an anthropologist’s lens to the workplace, with an eye to making it safer. Most of her work has analyzed a policy’s effect on worker health and safety and ways to intervene to improve worker health. Her research has focused on occupational and environmental health, the design of effective safety systems, the creation of production systems that do not harm workers or the environment, and the drivers for corporations to create those production systems and overcome obstacles to do so. In the last 15 years, her focus has shifted to safety systems and safety culture. Some projects include: evaluating health and safety systems in former nuclear weapon production sites, exploring the effect of corporate social responsibility programs in Asian garment and footwear factories, investigating hazards and benefits to construction workers of green construction, and examining green innovation in companies. On Jan. 1, 2013, the Senate confirmed her Presidential appointment to the US Chemical Safety Board, a small federal agency that investigates accidents, leaks and explosions in the petrochemical industry and makes recommendations to prevent those accidents from happening again. Due to agency dysfunction, she left after 17 months, but the time in Washington, DC provided an invaluable educational experience about policy, politics, power and the petrochemical industry. For nearly 20 years, she evaluated the NIEHS funded health and safety training program for the United Steelworkers of America, the largest industrial union in the United States, representing workers from the oil, chemical, nuclear, steel and paper industries. This involved visiting industrial sites to observe working conditions, conduct focus groups, analyze safety systems, assess training needs, and convey this information to the union leadership. Her strength is in observing a situation and finding intervention points for improvement.

Education

  • ​ScD, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Work Environment
  • MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, Health Law
  • BA, Wellesley College, Anthropology

Publications

Beth Rosenberg. Seventeen Months on the Chemical Safety Board. Issues in Science and Technology Policy. 75-80 Summer 2016

Charles Levenstein and Beth Rosenberg Creative Mistrust New Solutions Vol. 22 (3) 283-296 2012

Beth Rosenberg and Charles Levenstein. Social Factors in Occupational Health: A History of Hard Hats. New Solutions Vol. 20 (2) 239-249 2010

Beth Rosenberg Interface Carpet and Fabric Company's sustainability efforts: What the company does, the crucial role of employees and the limits of this approach. Journal of Public Health Policy 30(4) 427-437 Dec. 2009

Mary Lee Dunn, Polly Hoppin, Beth Rosenberg Eula Bingham – Experience Bares “The Real World” and Smart Politics Saves Lives New Solutions 19 (1) 81-94 2009

Bonnie K. Andrews, Susan Karcz, Beth Rosenberg Hooked on a Feeling: Emotional Labor as an Occupational Hazard of The Post-Industrial Age. New Solutions Vol. 18(2) 245-255, 2008