Patrick L. Kinney, ScD

Professor, Environmental Health
Patrick Kinney


Dr. Kinney joined the School of Public Health faculty in January 2017 as the inaugural Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health. He was trained as an air pollution epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health, and came to BU after two decades at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. In his time at Columbia, he showed how warming temperatures make air pollution like urban smog worse, and more harmful to populations. He led the development of an integrated modeling system to predict the air pollution health effects of climate change into the future. Working at the intersection of climate change, health, and policy, Kinney has conducted research from the South Bronx to China to rapidly growing cities throughout Africa. At Columbia, he also created an interdisciplinary research and teaching program examining the potential impacts of climate change on health. At BU, Kinney is developing a new program that focuses on assessing the health benefits of urban climate action plans, via strategies to promote active transport, green infrastructure, and clean vehicles.

Other Positions

  • Beverly A. Brown Professor for the Improvement of Urban Health, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • University of Colorado Boulder, BA


  • Published on 12/22/2018

    Kaali S, Jack D, Delimini R, Hu L, Burkart K, Opoku-Mensah J, Quinn A, Ae-Ngibise KA, Wylie B, Boamah-Kaali EA, Chillrud S, Owusu-Agyei S, Kinney PL, Baccarelli AA, Asante KP, Lee A. Prenatal Household Air Pollution Alters Cord Blood Mononuclear Cell Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number: Sex-Specific Associations. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Dec 22; 16(1). PMID: 30583542.

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  • Published on 11/23/2018

    Huang L, Liu L, Zhang T, Zhao D, Li H, Sun H, Kinney PL, Pitiranggon M, Chillrud S, Ma LQ, Navas-Acien A, Bi J, Yan B. An interventional study of rice for reducing cadmium exposure in a Chinese industrial town. Environ Int. 2019 Jan; 122:301-309. PMID: 30477816.

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  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Anenberg SC, Henze DK, Tinney V, Kinney PL, Raich W, Fann N, Malley CS, Roman H, Lamsal L, Duncan B, Martin RV, van Donkelaar A, Brauer M, Doherty R, Jonson JE, Davila Y, Sudo K, Kuylenstierna JCI. Estimates of the Global Burden of Ambient [Formula: see text], Ozone, and [Formula: see text] on Asthma Incidence and Emergency Room Visits. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 10; 126(10):107004. PMID: 30392403.

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  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Li T, Zhang Y, Wang J, Xu D, Yin Z, Chen H, Lv Y, Luo J, Zeng Y, Liu Y, Kinney PL, Shi X. All-cause mortality risk associated with long-term exposure to ambient PM2ยท5 in China: a cohort study. Lancet Public Health. 2018 Oct; 3(10):e470-e477. PMID: 30314593.

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  • Published on 9/26/2018

    Lee AG, Kaali S, Quinn A, Delimini R, Burkart K, Opoku-Mensah J, Wylie BJ, Yawson AK, Kinney PL, Ae-Ngibise KA, Chillrud S, Jack D, Asante KP. Prenatal Household Air Pollution is Associated with Impaired Infant Lung Function with Sex-Specific Effects: Evidence from GRAPHS, a Cluster Randomized Cookstove Intervention Trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Sep 26. PMID: 30256656.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Ettman C, Kinney PL, Galea S. The 2017 perfect storm season, climate change, and environmental injustice. Lancet Planet Health. 2018 Sep; 2(9):e370-e371. PMID: 30177000.

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  • Published on 7/3/2018

    Chen K, Fiore AM, Chen R, Jiang L, Jones B, Schneider A, Peters A, Bi J, Kan H, Kinney PL. Future ozone-related acute excess mortality under climate and population change scenarios in China: A modeling study. PLoS Med. 2018 Jul; 15(7):e1002598. PMID: 29969446.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Kinney PL. Interactions of Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Human Health. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2018 03; 5(1):179-186. PMID: 29417451.

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  • Published on 2/22/2018

    Li Y, Ren T, Kinney PL, Joyner A, Zhang W. Projecting future climate change impacts on heat-related mortality in large urban areas in China. Environ Res. 2018 May; 163:171-185. PMID: 29448153.

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  • Published on 12/11/2017

    Li T, Horton RM, Bader DA, Liu F, Sun Q, Kinney PL. Long-term projections of temperature-related mortality risks for ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and acute ischemic heart disease under changing climate in Beijing, China. Environ Int. 2018 03; 112:1-9. PMID: 29241068.

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