Kristin Osiecki

Course Designer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rice University
PhD in Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health 
MS in Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
BS in Health Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kristin Osiecki serves as course designer for Environmental Health and Justice, as well as the elective course, GIS, Spatial Analysis and Health. Her goal is to encourage students to actively participate in the exchange of ideas looking at population health problems through multiple lenses. She wants students to become engaged and responsible citizens who believe that they can be an integral part of the process to help people and promote healthy changes in our communities.

Osiecki’s research focuses on projects that investigate the mechanisms and mediating factors to assess the associations between disease incidence and social and environmental covariates in disadvantaged communities. Space and place matter, requiring a multidisciplinary approach to investigate complex and challenging public health issues that relate to the built and physical environment, such as pollution, land use, age of housing, green space, or food deserts. These factors shape the way in which we live, work, and play. Osiecki works with collaborative teams to investigate social vulnerability and environmental burden in both urban and rural areas.

After earning her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Osiecki was a two-year post-doctoral fellow at Rice University working on a multi-university collaboration with sociology and civil and environmental engineering faculty from Rice University, atmospheric science faculty from the University of Houston, and biomedical informatics specialists at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) at Houston as a part of the Houston Aerosol Characterization and Health Experiment (HACHE). The study investigated which Houston neighborhoods are most at risk for negative health effects due to air pollution from traffic and industry. Her interdisciplinary background in public health and geographic information systems allowed her to work on multiple facets of the study providing expertise on the relationship between air pollution exposures and increased health risks associated with respiratory and heart disease.

She spent two years as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield incorporating experiential learning into public health curriculum. Osiecki currently teaches a variety of public health courses and is expanding her research interests to study the pedagogy of public health teaching. She believes in the importance of integrative learning to help public health professionals address inequities in our neighborhoods.