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David M. Gute
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


1981 Ph.D., Yale University, Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Dissertation: "Occupational and Industrial Mortality in Rhode Island (1968-1972)"
1976 M.P.H, Yale University, Concentration: Health Services Administration. Master's Essay: "Mortality from Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease in Maine (1968-1972)"
1973 B.A., Connecticut College. Major: European History

Honors and Awards

2013 Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
2013 Henry and Madeline Fischer Award given by Tufts students as Engineering's 'Teacher of the Year' Award
2012 "Development and Sustainability of Okyeman Award" Conferred by the Okyeman Association of New England
2009-2010 Multicultural Service Award given by the Tufts AS&E Equal Educational Opportunity Committee
2009-2010 International Relations Outstanding Faculty Service Award
2009 "Seeds of Our Green Life" award, Vida Verde Co-Operative
2005-2007 Faculty Fellow-Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
2002 Recipient of a USEPA New England's Environmental Merit Award
1987-1989 Excellence in Teaching Award for Spring Semester - Boston University School of Public Health
Received in conjunction with Daniel Merrigan

Research Interests

Dr. Gute's research interests are found at the intersection of public health and engineering. Current projects span the identification and control of occupational health risks among immigrant populations in Somerville, Mass. to the primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the eastern region of Ghana.

By blending epidemiology and engineering, David Gute, together with Associate Professor John Durant, is working to solve public health problems at home and around the world. Read about the scope of Gute's research in the Tufts home page feature: Going Upstream to the Problem
Applying engineering principles to primary disease prevention bolsters public health efforts. Read more about Gute's research on the primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the eastern region of Ghana: Re-engineering A River
With a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), Gute has helped develop community-based initiatives such as Vida Verde Brazilian Women's Co-Op, which provides green housecleaning products and encourages healthy work practices among its members who are primarily Brazilian immigrant housecleaners in Somerville, Mass.

Read more about the Immigrant Occupational Health Project.

Hear more about VidaVerde on NPR's Living on Earth radio or read about the project in the American Journal of Public Health.

Read more about Gute's environmental and social justice efforts in the Tisch College newsletter.

Short Bio

David M. Gute is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine as well as at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He directs a M.S./Ph.D. program in Environmental Health and has served as the Academic Director of the Tufts in Talloires program located in the Haute Savoie, France.

Prior to joining the Tufts faculty Dr. Gute served as an Assistant Commissioner responsible for personal and environmental disease risk factor reductions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and as an Epidemiologist with the Rhode Island Department of Health. He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations including the World Health Organization and AcademyHealth. He is interested and committed to offering environmental and public health training in a variety of settings including international venues, having lead and co-directed training programs in Brazil and the Philippines. Dr. Gute received his Ph.D. and M.P.H. from Yale University.  In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.


Dr. Gute serves as the advisor to many talented doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students:

Karen Kosinski is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program. She was recently named a 2010 DOW Sustainability Innovation winner and received a 2011 Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. Kosinski received the award for her research in the evaluation of a novel primary prevention technique for the control of urinary schistosomiasis in Adasawase, a rural town in Ghana. Her doctoral committee is chaired by David Gute, and includes Professors John Durant (CEE), Jeanine Plummer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Miguel Stadecker, Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, and Kwabena M. Bosompem, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Legon, GHANA.

Recent Student Awards

2010 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge - Karen C. Kosinski (graduate student)
2011 Outstanding Contributor to Engineering Education. Conferred by the Tufts School of Engineering - Karen C. Kosinski (graduate student)
2011 Tufts Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service - Karen C. Kosinski
(graduate student)
2009 Tufts Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service - Bindu Panikkar
(graduate student)
2010 Tufts University Summer Scholar Award - Maimuna S. Majumder (undergraduate student)
2011 Outstanding Student Paper Award for their presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Maimuna (Mia) S. Majumder. "Water Quality vs. Sanitation Accessibility: What is the most effective intervention point for preventing cholera in Dhaka, Bangladesh?"
2011 Tufts University Summer Scholar Award - Laney Siegner (undergraduate student)
2012 New England Water Environment Association Scholarship - Alexandra (Sasha) Kulinkina (graduate student)
2011-2012 American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowship - Alexandra (Sasha) Kulinkina (graduate student)


CEE-137 Public Health
CEE-241 Biology of Water and Health (cross listed as MPH-241)
ES-27 Environmental Health and Safety
CEE-158 Occupational and Environmental Health
(cross listed as MPH-204, summer term at TUSM)
MPH 240 Environmental Epidemiology (offered in alternate years)
MPH-204 Occupational and Environmental Health: Focus on the Built Environment (Tufts University School of Medicine)
CEE-194 The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Epidemics, the Environment, and Public Policy - taught exclusively at the Tufts European Center - Talloires, France (offered in Summer 2010)

Professional Positions

2002-2007 Academic Director, Tufts in Talloires Program
2002-present Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
1994-present Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
1988-1993 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
1987-present Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine.-Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
1987-1988 Part-time Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Tufts University
1985-1992 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Boston University
1984-1988 Adjunct Lecturer of Biostatistics/Epidemiology, Division of Public Health, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
1982-1983 Visiting Research Associate-Occupational Health Program, Harvard School of Public Health

Doctoral Committees Chaired

Enander, Richard; Lead particulate and methylene chloride risks in automotive refinishing; completed May, 2001. Richard is a Senior Scientist at the State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Rioux, Christine L.; Residential traffic exposure, inflammation and blood pressure in older adults in greater Boston, Massachusetts; completed in May, 2009. Christine is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University.

Kosinski, Karen; Evaluation of a Novel Primary Prevention Technique for the Control of Urogenital Schistosomiasis: A Pilot Intervention in Adasawase, Ghana; completed in August, 2011. Karen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University.

Panikkar, Bindu; Migration, Work, Health, and Justice: Occupational Safety and Health Among Immigrant Workers in Somerville, Massachusetts; completed in November, 2011. Bindu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Health in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Northeastern University.