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James Johnston
Public Health Faculty

Office: 229J RB
Phone: 422-2477
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Dr. Jim Johnston is an associate professor in the Department of Health Science at Brigham Young
University. His primary research interests are focused on understanding early life exposures to allergens
in indoor particulate matter, and how these exposures relate to childhood asthma. Prior to coming to
BYU in 2012, Dr. Johnston worked in the field of occupational and environmental health for 12 years.
His past professional experience includes positions as an industrial hygienist for the Idaho National
Laboratory and Utah Labor Commission, biological safety manager and institutional biosafety committee
(IBC) administrator for the University of Utah, and most recently as the environmental monitoring
manager for the National Children’s Study in Cache County, Utah. He is a board certified industrial
hygienist, and currently serves as a member of the Utah County Asthma Coalition. Dr. Johnston
was raised in Ogden, Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology, his master’s degree
in industrial hygiene, and his Ph.D. in health promotion and education. Dr. Johnston’s dissertation
research was awarded the Robert I. Gross Memorial Award by the American Biological Safety
Association (ABSA). He is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America where he has guided many
backcountry backpacking and canoeing trips. He and his wife Laura are the parents of four children. In
his spare time he enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, gardening, and canoeing.


  • PhD Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah, 2010
  • MSPH Industrial Hygiene, University of Utah, 2000
  • BS Microbiology (Chemistry Minor), Weber State University, 1998

Course Taught

  • HLTH 322 Environmental Health

Research Interests

  • Children’s environmental health
  • Exposure assessment
  • Occupational safety and health

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