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Michele Morrone

Michele Morrone
Department Chair and Professor
Grover W339


· PhD, Environmental Planning, The Ohio State University, 1994

· MS, Forestry and Community Development, University of New Hampshire, 1986

· BS, Forest Resource Management, The Ohio State University, 1984

Research/Professional Interests

· Appalachian and Rural Environmental Health

· Environmental Justice

· Food Safety

Teaching Experience

· EH 2000 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety

· EH 3040 Environmental Health in Appalachia

· EH 3200 Health and the Built Environment

· EH 3300 Food Quality and Vector Control

· EH 4000 Environmental Health and Safety Risk Communication


· Morrone, M. (2020), Ailing in Place: Environmental Inequities and Health Disparities in Appalachia. Athens, Ohio: OU Press

· Redman, N. and Morrone, M. (2017), Food Safety: A Reference Handbook, 3 rd Edition . Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press.

· Schuller, K.A., Cronin, C.E., Nicks, S.E., Jing, X., Kingori, C., and Morrone, M. (2019). Development and application of a rubric to compare strategies for improving access to health care in rural communities in the United States. Evaluation and Program Planning 74 (2019): 61-68.

· Morrone, M., Chadwick, A.E., and Kruse, N. (2015). A community divided: Hydraulic fracturing in Appalachian Ohio.Journal of Appalachian Studies 21(2): 207-228.

· Holben, D., and Morrone, M. (2015). Development of an EcoNutrition Café Series to Increase Awareness and Knowledge of a Sustainable, Local Food System in Appalachian Ohio. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 10 (2): 293-296.

· Morrone, M., Kruse, N, and Chadwick, A.E. (2014). Environmental and health disparities in Appalachian, Ohio: Perceptions and realities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 7(5): 67-81.

· Morrone, M. & Basta, T. (2013). Public opinion, local pollution havens, and environmental justice: A case study of a community visioning project in Appalachian Ohio. Community Development 44 (3): 350-363.

· Morrone, M. & Buckley, G. eds. (2011). Mountains of Injustice: Social and Environmental Equity in Appalachia. Athens, Ohio: OU Press.


· Ohio Rural Health Improvement Plan, State Office of Rural Health, $124,000. 2019, Role: PI.

· Coshocton County Feasibility Study, The Ohio State University, $15,000. 2018. Role: PI

· Lawrence County Community Health Assessment, Ohio Department of Health, $5,000. 2018. Role PI.

· Ohio Rural Health Improvement Plan, State Office of Rural Health, $108,000. 2018, Role: PI

· Development of the Ohio Rural Health Association, National Rural Health Association, $9.500. 2018. Role: PI.

· Development of the Ohio Rural Health Association, National Rural Health Association, $9.500. 2017. Role: PI.

Awards and Honors

· Rural Health Community Star, National Rural Health Association, 2019

· University Professor, 2016-17

· College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) Innovation Challenge Award, 2015

· CHSP Innovative Research Award, 2014-15

· CHSP Interdisciplinary Research Award, 2013-14

· CHSP Research and Creative Activity Award, 2012-12

· Fulbright Research Chair in Science and Environment, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, 2012

University/Professional Service

· Interim chair, Department of Social and Public Health

· President, Appalachian Studies Association, 2019-20

· Founding member of editorial board for Journal of Appalachian Health, 2018-present

· Director, Appalachian Rural Health Institute, 2016-present

· Co-Editor, Ohio Journal of Science, 2014-2016

· Peer Reviewer for Fulbright Scholar Applications, 2012-2013, 2017-2018

· Chair, Department of Social and Public Health Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2006-2011, 2015-2017