Vernon E. Rose, DrPH

Emeritus Professor
Ryals 530
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Professional Engineer

Contact Information:
3569 St. Ignatius Lane
Franklin, TN 37064
509-692-3718 (Fax)

Vernon E. Rose, Dr. P.H., is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and served as Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He also organized and was director of the UAB graduate level education program in industrial hygiene as well as the Deep South Educational Resource Center in Occupational Health and Safety. This Center included a residency in occupational medicine as well as graduate educational programs in industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing and occupational safety and ergonomics. Dr. Rose also organized and served for seven years (1978-1985) as the director of the campus program of occupational health and safety which had responsibility for the health and well being of the University's 15,000 workers, 17,000 students and thousands of patients and visitors daily.

His professional career in the field of industrial hygiene began in the U.S. Air Force where, from 1962 to1967, he served as a Bioenvironmental Engineer. In 1967 he joined the Occupational Health Program in the U.S. Public Health Service which, in 1971, became the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). During his 11 years at NIOSH, Dr. Rose directed the Criteria Documentation and Standards Development program. Prior to that assignment he was the Special Assistant for Occupational Health in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) where he helped OSHA develop industrial hygiene programs and professional staff. Dr. Rose also participated in developing OSHA's first standards for occupational cancer causing substances. In 1978 he left NIOSH and joined the faculty at the UAB School of Public Health as an Associate Professor and was later promoted to Professor of Public Health.

Dr. Rose is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has engineering degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (BS) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (MS) and the Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas.

Dr. Rose has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Applied Industrial Hygiene journal (now Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene), Secretary-Treasurer of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Chairman of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and is a Past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA). He has lectured in numerous countries on the technical and regulatory aspects of occupational safety and health and has authored or coauthored more than 40 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.

Beginning in 1978, Dr. Rose also provided industrial hygiene and safety consultation services to industry in Alabama and surrounding states. His work involved foundries, steel mills, food processing, manufacturing, papermaking and other industries. Dr. Rose also began providing expert witness services to both plaintiff and defense law firms. His areas of testimony include hazard assessment and control, respiratory protection, worker training and warnings. He has been recognized as an expert in federal and state courts including Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and West Virginia.