Department of Public Health
Sandi Donohue, DPA, REHS
Doctor of Public Administration
University of La Verne, La Verne, California, 1994
Concentration in Environmental & Occupational Health Administration
Master of Science, Environmental and Occupational Health
California State University, Northridge, 1980
Bachelor of Arts, Biology
California State University, Northridge, 1975
Associate Professor and Option Coordinator
Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety Option
Department of Public Health
California State University, Fresno
August 2001 - Present
Environmental & Occupational Health Program
Department of Public Healths
California State University, Northridge
August, 1995 - August, 2001
Enviornmental & Occupational Health Program
Department of Public Healths
California State University, Northridge
August, 1985 - May, 1995
Director of Health and Safety
Northridge Hospital Medical Centers
November, 1992 - August, 1995
Regional Quality Assurance Manager
General Mills Restaurants, Inc.
(California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona)
January, 1992 - November, 1992
Corporate Administrator, Environmental and Occupational Health
Western Exterminator Company
November, 1981 - January, 1992
Ralphs Grocery Company
November, 1979 - August, 1981
Occupational Health and Safety Consultant
Fremont Indemnity Company
Los Angeles, CA
February, 1977 - November, 1979
HS 92: Public Health Statistics (Lecture)
HS 160: Toxicology (Lecture)
HS 161: Environment/Human Hlth (HS Core) (Lecture)
HS 161: Web Based (Lecture - online)
HS 162A: Environmental Health Concepts (Lecture)
HS 162B: Environmental Health Application (Lecture and Lab)
HS 163: Public Health Admin (HS Core) (Lecture)
HS 166T: Hazardous Materials Management (Lecture)
HS 167: Public Health Laboratory (Lab)
HS 168A: Occupational Health Concepts (Lecture)
HS 175: Environmental Health Internship (Field Experience)
PH 263: Air Quality Management (Lecture/seminar)
PH 265: Hazardous Materials Management (Lecture/seminar)
Donohue, S.J. & Bellin, P. (July, 2003). Chapter 12: Hazardous Waste. Local Board of Health environmental health primer. Bowling Green, OH: by NALBOH, CDC & EHAC (joint publishers).
Donohue, SJ. (2005). Self study report for reaccreditation: Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety Option at California State University, Fresno. This document was published in written form and online for use by members of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, California Department of Health Services Environmental Health Registration Committee, and academicians at universities seeking national accreditation or coming up for reaccreditation.
Donohue, S J. (1997). Developing an effective chemical hygiene program: A compliance manual for Arizona schools. Phoenix, AZ: by the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc.
Donohue, S.J. (1996). Developing an effective bloodborne pathogens program: A compliance manual for Arizona schools. Phoenix, AZ: by the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc.
Donohue, S.J. (1996). Hazardous materials management plan. Compliance monograph for Northridge Hospital Medical Centers, Northridge, CA.
Donohue, S J. (1996). Medical waste management plan. Compliance monograph for Northridge Hospital Medical Centers, Northridge, CA.
Professional Editorial Responsibilities
Editorial Board Member: California Environmental Health Association, California Environmental Health Bulletin, 2002 to present.
1. Invited Presentations at Educational Symposia, Conferences
"Promoting the Job Pool," presented in Fish Camp, CA: California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health Annual Conference, September 21, 2005.
"The Effect of Mandated Food Safety Certification on the Occurrence of Risk Factors Associated with Foodborne Illness in Kings County, California," presented in Providence, Rhode Island: National Environmental Health Association, 69th Annual Educational Conference, June 26-29, 2005.
"Air Quality and Related Respiratory Distress in School Age Children: Implications for Environmental Health Policy and Planning," presented in Anchorage, AK: National Environmental Health Association, 68th Annual Educational Conference, May 11, 2004.
"Preparing Students for REHS Registration," presented in South Lake Tahoe, CA: California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health Annual Conference, September 17, 2003.
"Strategies for Success in Impacting Environmental Health in the Central Valley," presented in Fresno, CA: Second Annual Multicultural Public Health Conference, January 31, 2003.
"An Academic's Perspective on the Future of California's REHS Program and the Environmental Health Profession," presented in San Diego, CA: California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health, Annual Conference, September 18, 2002.
"Bioterrorism: Implications for the Diverse Population in the Central Valley," presented with James Kus in Visalia, CA: Central California Public Health Partnership, Multicultural Public Health Conference, January 25, 2002.
"Waste Tires," presented in Atlanta, GA: National Environmental Health Association, Annual Educational Conference, July 2, 2001.
"Vector Borne Disease: Lessons from the Past," presented in San Diego, CA: California Environmental Health Association, Annual Educational Symposium, April, 1999.
"Environmental Health Curriculum," presented in San Diego, CA: California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health, Annual Conference, September 25, 1996.
"Preparing for OSHA," presented in Phoenix, AZ: Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc., Annual Risk Management Conference, October 13, 1995.
2. Invited Presentations at Professional Meetings and Workshops
"Overview of Program Changes and Updates for the EH/IH Option at Fresno State," presented in Bass Lake, CA: CCDEH Region III Retreat/Meeting, May 20, 2005.
"Asthma in School Age Children," presented in Visalia, CA: Tulare County Office of Education, School Nurse Workshop, September 30, 2004.
"The Future of REHS Registration Preparation and EH/IH Option Curriculum at Fresno State," presented in Bass Lake, CA: CCDEH Region III Retreat/Meeting, May 16, 2003.
"Bioterrorism 2: Overcoming the Threat," presented with James Kus in Fresno, CA: Fresno County Public Health Department Educational Workshop, April 25, 2003.
"Current Issues in Reducing the Solid Waste Load from Used Tires," presented in Visalia, CA: Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (Groundwater Protection Seminar with USDA and CA Rural Water Association). April 1, 2003. (Previously presented in Atlanta, GA: National Environmental Health Association's 65th Annual Education Conference. June 30, 2001.)
"Preparing Students for Careers in Occupational Health & Safety," presented in Fresno, CA: American Society of Safety Engineers, Central Valley Chapter Meeting, December 2, 2002.
"Bioterrorism: Meeting the Threat," presented with James Kus in Fresno, CA: Fresno County Public Health Department Workshop, December 20, 2001.
"Bioterrorism: Meeting the Threat," presented with James Kus in Madera, CA: Madera County Public Health Department Workshop, December 13, 2001.
"Implementing the Chemical Hygiene Plan," presented to managerial and supervisory personnel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on May 4, 2000.
"Effectiveness of Community Involvement in Pollution Prevention," presented to the board of directors and management staff of the California Urban Environmental Research and Education Center, April, 2000.
"Bloodborne Pathogens Update," presented at the University Club, CSUN: Southern California Industrial Hygiene Association, Annual Awards Meeting, May 13, 1999. (Article for publication in progress)
"Chemical Hygiene Program," presented on the Navajo Indian Reservation, AZ: Ganado Unified School District, District Wide In-service, October 12, 1998.
Research Grants and Projects
Project Coordinator: "Enhancement of Environmental Health Program Recruiting Strategies," a project awarded $5,000 for one year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in conjunction with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, October 2001. This project was renewed at $3,000 for a second year in September 2002, and at $3000 for a third year in January 2004.
Co-faculty Advisor/Project Coordinator: "Enhancement of Environmental & Occupational Health Program Educational Resources and Curricula," a project requesting $16,894 from the California State University, Institute for Teaching and Learning and $6,570 from the two participating universities (total requested = $23,464), submitted November 2001. This project was not funded.
Research team member: "Effectiveness of Community Involvement in Pollution Prevention," a research project awarded $24,939 by the California Urban Environmental Research and Education Center, 1999.
Participation in Professional Organizations
Professional Memberships and Contributions:
Individual Member, Assn of Environmental Health Academic Programs, 1999 - Present.
Executive Committee and member of Board of Directors, 1998 - 2000
Member, California Environmental Health Association, 1979 to present.
State Chair, Educational Institutions Committee, 2002
Business-Industry Advisory Council Coordinator, 1990 to 1994
State Secretary, 1986 - 1987
Southern Chapter Treasurer, 1984 - 1986
Attendance at Annual Educational Symposium, 1979 - Present
Member, National Environmental Health Association, 1979 to present.
Attendance at Annual Educational Conference, 1981, 1986, 1989 - 1990, 1992, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2005.
Member, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Central Valley Chapter, 9/02 to present. Attendance at most monthly meetings
Member, Southern CA Section, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1992 - 1999.
Member, American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists, 1992 - 1999.
Member, Orange County Food Sanitation Advisory Council (FSAC), 1982 to 2001. Chairperson 1987 - 1988
Member, Los Angeles County Food Sanitation Advisory Council, 1982 - 2001.
Chair, Vector and Solid Waste Committee, 1984 to 1998
Chair, Consumer Protection and Risk Management Committee, 1998 to 2001.
Member, International Assn of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians, 1986 to 1999. Attendance at Annual Conference, 1996
Special Contributions to the Profession
Invited Member, Ad Hoc Committee on REHS Curriculum Review: Review current and proposed curriculum offerings at universities with State Approved environmental health programs and develop recommendations to the California REHS Registration Committee. Most recent meeting held at California State University, Northridge during the summer of 2005.
Invited Member, Workshop in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Diversity Council Meeting, Eastern Kentucky University, April 27-28, 2005: Workshop funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health to explore viable methods for recruiting minority students into environmental health degrees.
Elected Member, National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, 6/1998 to 6/2004: Review environmental health academic programs coming up for accreditation or re-accreditation (approximately 6 per year) via their self-study documents and offer comments/recommendations to site reviewers; attend one or more two-day meetings per year to conduct Council business, interview EH program representatives, deliberate on granting accreditation or re-accreditation; and prepare to provide site reviews.
Elected Treasurer of the Accreditation Council, June 1999 to June 2003: Perform all duties of the treasurer and serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council.
Chair: Budget and Finance Committee, 1999 to 2003
Member: Graduate Program Committee, 2002 to 2003
Member: Orientation Committee, 2001 - 2003
Member: Paperless Self-study Committee, 2001 to 2003
Member: Web site Committee, 2002 - 2004
Invited member, Stakeholder Team, Registered Environmental Health (REHS) Strategic Plan Group, 7/02 to present: Perform strategic planning and review for the California REHS Registration Program.
Selected speaker and panelist for a session at the January, 2001, CSUN University Faculty Retreat in Ventura, CA. The topic for our session was on Community Service Learning.
Invited Member and Session Facilitator at the Environmental Health Conference entitled "Improving Environmental Health Curricula and Practice in Schools of Public Health" sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), Washington, D.C., June 28-30, 2000.
Update (Organizational) Committee Member and Event Moderator, Ventura, CA: California Environmental Health Association's Annual Educational Update, October, 1998.
Invited Member and Co-Chairperson of the Linkage Subcommittee, National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council Faculty Workshop, Las Vegas, NV, June 25-26, 1998: Participated in defining goals and initiating actions to unify and strengthen academic environmental health programs across the nation and in Great Britain. Preparation for the workshop consisted of numerous conference call meetings throughout the spring and summer of 1998.
Inaugural Board of Directors Member, Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, 7/99 to 7/00: Served as a board member for this new association. Primary duties included serving as membership chair and developing recruitment materials, taking part in decision-making for the organization, letter-writing and phone calling on behalf of the group, participation in monthly phone conferences or meetings, and providing notes/minutes for phone conferences and meetings.
Executive Committee Member, Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, 6/98 to 7/99: Served as one of a seven member panel with representation from universities across the United States in initiating and organizing a national association for environmental health academic programs. The association is intended to provide a funnel for research funds going to the accredited environmental health programs from governmental agencies and, as such, developmental support has been received from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Public Health Service. After numerous conference calls and meetings, a Constitution and By-laws for the new association were completed by the group in November, 1998, and the Association was incorporated in early 1999. The Association was officially and unanimously voted into being in July, 1999, board members were elected (of which I was one--see above), and an Executive Director was hired by the organization in November, 1999.
Donohue, S J. Bloodborne Pathogens. Produced and directed by Waskul World Wide Communications. 1997. Videocassette.
Donohue, S J. Training the Trainer: A Video Guide for Instructors of the Bloodborne Pathogens Program. Produced and directed by Waskul World Wide Communications. 1997. Videocassette.
University, Community, and Professional Service
Campus Health and Safety Committee (Presidential Appointment): 2003/04 to present
Academic Policy and Planning Committee: 2003/04 to present
University Parking Task Force: Fall 2005 to present.
Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Faculty Work Group: 2001/02 to 2004/2005
College Level (Health and Human Services):
CHHS Research Subcommittee: 2005/2006
CHHS Curriculum Subcommittee: 2004/2005 (Interim Chair spring 05)
Executive Committee: 2002/03 - 2003/2004, (Chair 03/04)
Department Level (Public Health):
Human Subjects Review Committee: 2005/2006
Strategic Plan Goal 5 Committee: 2003/04 to present
Strategic Plan Goal 20 Committee: 2003/04 to present
Curriculum Committee: 2002/03 to present
Search and Screen Committee for Health Administration, 2 positions: 2004/2005
Health Science Enhancement Task Force: 2002
Other University Service
Faculty Mentor: Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Fall 2004to present.
Faculty volunteer: CHHS "Red Friday," February 4, 2005.
Grad Expo 2003: With 2 other department faculty, represented the MPH Program at this event. November 12, 2003.
Air Quality Action Day: Interactive exhibitor and department representative demonstrated air quality monitoring equipment and ran self-contained PPT presentation on recent air quality research done by Susan Shaw, Tulare County Environmental Health Department, and myself: November 4, 2003.
"It's Your Future: Public Health Department," department representative and presenter in Fresno, CA: Allied Health Academies "Exploring Health Careers" for Delano High School. Nov. 3, 2003.
CHHS Fall Assembly, emcee for program: August 19, 2003
New Student Convocation, department representative: August 18, 2003
CHHS Public Health Day, Roosevelt High School, departmental presenter and breakout session group leader: May 8, 2003
"Mapping Your Future: Environmental Health," presented in Fresno, CA: Student Public Health Association. March 19, 2003.
CHHS Spring Assembly, emcee for program: January 9, 2003
"It's Your Future: Public Health Department," department representative and presenter in Fresno, CA: Outreach Program with local High Schools. December 12, 2002.
"It's Your Future: Public Health Department," department representative and presenter in Fresno, CA: Allied Health Academies "Exploring Health Careers" for McLane High School Medical Education and Research Magnet. October 23, 2002.
AIC PeopleSoft Training for Faculty Focus Group: October 2, 2002
"It's Your Future: Public Health Department," department representative and presenter in Fresno, CA: Allied Health Academies "Exploring Health Careers" for Salinas High School. March 7, 2002.
"It's Your Future: Public Health Department," department representative and presenter in Fresno, CA: Allied Health Academies "Exploring Health Careers" for local High School. February 21, 2002.
Public Health Department Human Subjects Committee (substitute reader only, when regular members have a conflict of interest or are otherwise indisposed): 2001 - Present
River Steward and River Parkway Trust member, San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust: Provide habitat restoration, removal of invasive exotic plants, trail maintenance, and river cleanups. October 2002 to present .
Judge, AEHAP/NCEH Student Research Competition: Review and rate student research projects from EHAC accredited universities. Approximately 12 entries per year. Spring 2003 and 2004.
Speaker and panel participant, Beyond Pink Ribbons: Breast Cancer and the Environment Form: Held in Fresno, CA on October 24, 2002.
Presenter, Reedley High School Sixth annual Career Fair: Along with Dr. Miguel Perez, represented the Public Health Department at this event held in Reedley, CA, on October 10, 2001.
Volunteer Reading Instructor, Rolling Reader Organization: Help 3rd grade students with their reading skills for 1.5 hours/week at Ladera Elementary in Thousand Oaks, CA, September, 1999 to 2001.
Faculty participant, "EarthFair:" Week-long event held on the CSUN campus in Northridge, CA, May 1998 and May 1999.
Contributing member, Orange County FSAC Newsletter, 1994 - 2001: This informative newsletter on food protection is distributed semi-annually to approximately 6,000 food establishments in Orange County, CA.
Speaker/Coach for "Business Issues Day 1995:" an annual conference for high school students from throughout Los Angeles Unified School District sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.
Sandra J. Donohue, DPA, REHS
Associate Professor Department of Public Health
Phone: (559) 278-4747
Office: McLane Hall, J-Wing, Room 14