Dr. Sylvia Struck is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Population and Public Health. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, MSc in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, BSc in Chemical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Tennessee and has trained in Epidemiology.


Dr. Struck is the Manager for the Drinking Water Safety Program at the First Nations Health Authority with programmatic responsibly for supporting community access to safe and reliable water supplies and building capacity for first nations communities in British Columbia. Her doctoral research focused on water access and influences of livelihood, poverty and policy on access in rural South-western Uganda.  Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked for a number of years as an Environmental Engineer and project manager in government, consulting, industry, academia and a non-governmental organization in Europe, the US, Africa and Asia. Sylvia was recently selected as one of 78 international women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to participate in Homeward Bound 2018. Homeward Bound a strategic leadership initiative to increase capacity, decision-making and influence of women in science working on local, global environmental issues including climate change. The year-long initiative culminated with an expedition to Antarctica.


Her interests include water resource access, use and policy; equity and social determinants of health and welfare; social and environmental adaptation and innovation; conservation; and science communication and media.




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SPPH 581 Morbidity and Mortality in Developing Countries