Birgit Claus Henn

Birgit G. Claus Henn, ScD

Associate Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Birgit Claus Henn is an environmental epidemiologist who seeks to define the impacts of environmental exposures on maternal and child health. Her research focuses on chemical mixtures and their effects on child growth, neurodevelopment, and the health of pregnant and reproductive-aged women. She has examined exposure to metals, pesticides, and endocrine disrupting chemicals and associations with neurodevelopment in multiple pediatric cohorts worldwide, spanning critical periods of development from the prenatal period through adolescence. A central component of her work is estimating health effects of environmental mixtures using state-of-the-art statistical approaches.

Other research interests include the development and use of novel exposure science methods to incorporate exposure timing in epidemiologic studies, and the role of nutritional, social, and other factors in modifying and/or mediating chemical toxicity.

Dr. Claus Henn was the PI of an NIEHS K99/R00 Career Development Award to utilize novel statistical approaches for analyzing metal mixtures and neurodevelopment and is the MPI or co-investigator on multiple NIH R01s on environmental mixtures. She is also the PI of an NIEHS T32 Predoctoral Training Program and serves as the director of the PhD program in Environmental Health at BUSPH.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, SD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • University of California, Berkeley, BA Field of Study: Environmental Science

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH730
  • SPHEH980


  • Published on 4/21/2022

    Schildroth S, Friedman A, Bauer JA, Claus Henn B. Associations of a metal mixture with iron status in U.S. adolescents: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2022 Apr 21. PMID: 35445799.

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  • Published on 3/28/2022

    Schildroth S, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, Fruh V, Taylor KW, Calafat AM, Baird DD, Henn BC. Correlates of non-persistent endocrine disrupting chemical mixtures among reproductive-aged Black women in Detroit, Michigan. Chemosphere. 2022 Mar 28; 134447. PMID: 35358566.

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  • Published on 1/7/2022

    Devick KL, Bobb JF, Mazumdar M, Claus Henn B, Bellinger DC, Christiani DC, Wright RO, Williams PL, Coull BA, Valeri L. Bayesian kernel machine regression-causal mediation analysis. Stat Med. 2022 02 28; 41(5):860-876. PMID: 34993981.

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  • Published on 11/19/2021

    Smith AR, Lin PD, Rifas-Shiman SL, Rahman ML, Gold DR, Baccarelli AA, Claus Henn B, Amarasiriwardena C, Wright RO, Coull B, Hivert MF, Oken E, Cardenas A. Prospective Associations of Early Pregnancy Metal Mixtures with Mitochondria DNA Copy Number and Telomere Length in Maternal and Cord Blood. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 11; 129(11):117007. PMID: 34797165.

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  • Published on 11/8/2021

    Friedman A, Bauer JA, Austin C, Downs TJ, Tripodis Y, Heiger-Bernays W, White RF, Arora M, Claus Henn B. Multiple metals in children's deciduous teeth: results from a community-initiated pilot study. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Nov 08. PMID: 34750512.

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  • Published on 9/30/2021

    Schildroth S, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, De La Cruz P, Bethea TN, Weuve J, Fruh V, Botelho JC, Sjodin A, Calafat AM, Baird DD, Claus Henn B. Correlates of Persistent Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Mixtures among Reproductive-Aged Black Women. Environ Sci Technol. 2021 10 19; 55(20):14000-14014. PMID: 34591461.

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  • Published on 8/31/2021

    Bauer JA, White RF, Coull BA, Austin C, Oppini M, Zoni S, Fedrighi C, Cagna G, Placidi D, Guazzetti S, Yang Q, Bellinger DC, Webster TF, Wright RO, Smith D, Horton M, Lucchini RG, Arora M, Claus Henn B. Critical windows of susceptibility in the association between manganese and neurocognition in Italian adolescents living near ferro-manganese industry. Neurotoxicology. 2021 12; 87:51-61. PMID: 34478771.

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  • Published on 8/14/2021

    Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Schildroth S, Calafat AM, Bethea TN, Geller RJ, Coleman CM, Fruh V, Claus Henn B, Botelho JC, Harmon QE, Thirkill M, Wegienka GR, Baird DD. Correlates of plasma concentrations of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances among reproductive-aged Black women. Environ Res. 2022 01; 203:111860. PMID: 34403666.

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  • Published on 8/5/2021

    Wesselink AK, Weuve J, Fruh V, Bethea TN, Claus Henn B, Harmon QE, Hauser R, Williams PL, Calafat AM, McClean M, Baird DD, Wise LA. Urinary concentrations of phenols, parabens, and triclocarban in relation to uterine leiomyomata incidence and growth. Fertil Steril. 2021 12; 116(6):1590-1600. PMID: 34366109.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Zhao Y, Naumova EN, Bobb JF, Claus Henn B, Singh GM. Joint Associations of Multiple Dietary Components With Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Machine-Learning Approach. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 07 01; 190(7):1353-1365. PMID: 33521815.

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