Lynn R. Goldman

Milken Institute School of Public Health


Pesticides are more tightly regulated, new knowledge has accumulated about how chemicals in the environment influence the health and development of children, and the nation is better prepared for emergencies, thanks to the policy and research contributions that Dean Lynn Goldman has made over the past two decades.

As Dean of Milken Institute SPH, Dr. Goldman’s responsibilities are informed by her broad and deep public policy and academic experience.  She joined the school in August 2010 from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she had been Professor of Environmental Health Sciences since July 2000.

In that capacity, she served as principal investigator of the National Children’s Study Center at Hopkins.  That ambitious research initiative, part of an DHHS study that follows 100,000 children from birth to age 21, is examining the interaction of numerous environmental influences including biological, chemical, and social factors, genetics, culture and family, and geography on children’s health.  Dr. Goldman was also the co-PI of the National Study Center for Preparedness and Critical Event Response, which supports the mission of the Department of Homeland Security through research and educational initiatives designed to build the science of preparedness.

Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Goldman was Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 to 1998 under President Bill Clinton.  Under her watch, the EPA overhauled the nation’s pesticide laws, expanded right-to-know requirements for toxin release, reached consensus on an approach to testing chemicals with endocrine-disrupting potential, developed standards to implement lead screening legislation, and promoted children’s health and global chemical safety.

Dr. Goldman also worked in environmental health for the California Department of Public Health Services.  Among other responsibilities, she managed a statewide environmental epidemiology program that focused on childhood lead poisoning, birth defects, and occupational health.

Dean Goldman is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Environmental Defense Fund. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, where she has chaired or served on committees focused on secondhand smoke, public health preparedness, environmental health, and health sciences policy.  She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Sciences and Toxicology.


Bachelor of Science (Conservation of Natural Resources), University of California at Berkeley, 1976
Master of Science (Health and Medical Science), University of California at Berkeley, Health and Medical Sciences, 1979
Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1981
Doctor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1981

  • Children’s Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Policy
  • Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response