Patrick Kinney

Patrick L. Kinney, ScD

Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


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 Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • University of Colorado Boulder, BA Field of Study: Fine Arts

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH720


  • Published on 8/23/2021

    He MZ, Do V, Liu S, Kinney PL, Fiore AM, Jin X, DeFelice N, Bi J, Liu Y, Insaf TZ, Kioumourtzoglou MA. Short-term PM2.5 and cardiovascular admissions in NY State: assessing sensitivity to exposure model choice. Environ Health. 2021 08 23; 20(1):93. PMID: 34425829.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Jack DW, Ae-Ngibise KA, Gould CF, Boamah-Kaali E, Lee AG, Mujtaba MN, Chillrud S, Kaali S, Quinn AK, Gyaase S, Oppong FB, Carrión D, Agyei O, Burkhart K, Ana-Aro JA, Liu X, Berko YA, Wylie BJ, Etego SA, Whyatt R, Owusu-Agyei S, Kinney P, Asante KP. A cluster randomised trial of cookstove interventions to improve infant health in Ghana. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 08; 6(8). PMID: 34452940.

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  • Published on 7/21/2021

    Kinney PL, Asante KP, Lee AG, Ae-Ngibise KA, Burkart K, Boamah-Kaali E, Twumasi M, Gyaase S, Quinn A, Oppong FB, Wylie BJ, Kaali S, Chillrud S, Yawson A, Jack D, Owusu-Agyei S. Prenatal and Postnatal Household Air Pollution Exposures and Pneumonia Risk: Evidence From the Ghana Randomized Air Pollution and Health Study. Chest. 2021 Jul 21. PMID: 34298005.

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  • Published on 7/14/2021

    Kaali S, Jack D, Opoku-Mensah J, Bloomquist T, Aanaro J, Quinn A, Boamah-Kaali EA, Kinney P, Mujtaba MN, Agyei O, Yawson AK, Osei-Owusu S, Delimini R, Wylie B, Ae-Ngibise KA, Baccarelli A, Owusu-Agyei S, Chillrud SN, Asante KP, Lee A. Prenatal Household Air Pollution Exposure, Cord Blood Mononuclear Cell Telomere Length and Age Four Blood Pressure: Evidence from a Ghanaian Pregnancy Cohort. Toxics. 2021 Jul 14; 9(7). PMID: 34357912.

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  • Published on 6/13/2021

    Quinn AK, Adjei IA, Ae-Ngibise KA, Agyei O, Boamah-Kaali EA, Burkart K, Carrión D, Chillrud SN, Gould CF, Gyaase S, Jack DW, Kaali S, Kinney PL, Lee AG, Mujtaba MN, Oppong FB, Owusu-Agyei S, Yawson A, Wylie BJ, Asante KP. Prenatal household air pollutant exposure is associated with reduced size and gestational age at birth among a cohort of Ghanaian infants. Environ Int. 2021 10; 155:106659. PMID: 34134048.

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  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Holloway T, Miller D, Anenberg S, Diao M, Duncan B, Fiore AM, Henze DK, Hess J, Kinney PL, Liu Y, Neu JL, O'Neill SM, Odman MT, Pierce RB, Russell AG, Tong D, West JJ, Zondlo MA. Satellite Monitoring for Air Quality and Health. Annu Rev Biomed Data Sci. 2021 07 20; 4:417-447. PMID: 34465183.

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  • Published on 5/20/2021

    Tong SL, Olsen J, Kinney PL. Climate Change and Temperature-related Mortality: Implications for Health-related Climate Policy. Biomed Environ Sci. 2021 May 20; 34(5):379-386. PMID: 34059175.

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  • Published on 5/20/2021

    Lay CR, Sarofim MC, Vodonos Zilberg A, Mills DM, Jones RW, Schwartz J, Kinney PL. City-level vulnerability to temperature-related mortality in the USA and future projections: a geographically clustered meta-regression. Lancet Planet Health. 2021 06; 5(6):e338-e346. PMID: 34022145.

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  • Published on 5/6/2021

    deSouza P, Kinney PL. On the distribution of low-cost PM2.5 sensors in the US: demographic and air quality associations. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 05; 31(3):514-524. PMID: 33958706.

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  • Published on 3/8/2021

    Neumann JE, Amend M, Anenberg S, Kinney PL, Sarofim M, Martinich J, Lukens J, Xu JW, Roman H. Estimating PM2.5-related premature mortality and morbidity associated with future wildfire emissions in the western US. Environ Res Lett. 2021 Mar 08; 16(3). PMID: 33868453.

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