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Eric Lutz PhD CMSP

Eric  Lutz PhD CMSP

Assistant Professor

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1656 E Mabel Street
Campus PO Box: 245215
Medical Research Building 113
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-4938


Eric A. Lutz, PhD CMSP is an Assistant Professor and Industrial Hygienist in the Environmental and Occupational Health Section of the Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Director of the Mine Safety and Health Programs at the University of Arizona, and a full member of the NIOSH NORA Mining Sector Council. He has led the Mining Health and Safety program since 2010, and is also a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) and Registered Specialist in Exposure Decision Analysis (#196444). Applying more than 19 years of professional industrial hygiene and occupational health experience with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, Dr. Lutz has developed a growing mining safety and health research, teaching, and service enterprise that includes, supervising/mentoring >15 mining H&S program employees/students and directing the Mining Health and Safety Technical Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from 18 of the world’s largest mining operators spanning all major commodity sectors in surface/underground mining. He is currently co-PI on >$3MM in mining related research funding, including work related to emission exposures from alternative fuel use in underground mining, occupational noise exposure in underground mining ,and miner thermal stress mitigation. He has also partnered with fire departments and NIOSH to investigate the effectiveness of CBRN filters in reducing ambient exposures during firefighter overhaul.

Concurrently, Dr. Lutz applies his expertise and experience in zoonotic and sapronotic infectious diseases to research improvements in bioaerosol detection, environmental factors in agent transmission, and disease prevention/mitigation. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Lutz served as the Program Manager for The Ohio State University’s Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) Program. There, he was responsible for managing the $4.7 million program including coordination of interdisciplinary activities for over 134 member faculty across the Colleges of Biological Sciences; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; Pharmacy; Public Health; and Veterinary Medicine. Simultaneously, he completed his doctoral studies as a NSF Preparing Future Faculty Fellow in the College of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, specializing in zoonotic and sapronotic infectious disease detection and surveillance. While at OSU, his projects included: human and animal exposure to airborne Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using laboratory evaluations and veterinary hospital field study, field and lab evaluations in China of a novel patent-pending non-animal concentrating cercariae detection device of his own design for improved Schistosomiasis surveillance; heard-level antimicrobial resistance to 3rd-generation cephalosporin in swine; assessment using new castle disease virus as a surrogate for H1N1 to evaluate occupational risks in CAFO’s to avian influenza, and evaluation of a commercially available ultra-violet light (UV-C) containing vacuum cleaner as an antimicrobial device.


2010, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, The Ohio State University

2009, MS, Environmental Health Sciences, The Ohio State University

1996, BA, Chemistry, The Ohio State University

Abbreviated Honors:

2013       ‘Excellence in Leadership’ award from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (ISMSP).

2013       Invited Speaker, Global Health Forum, College of Medicine, University of Arizona. Impact of Extractive Development Projects on Wildlife, Ecosystems, and Communities Surrounding National Parks in Western Uganda.

2013       Invited Speaker, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum: Safety in Mining: A Reliable Operation is a Safe Operation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Punitive versus Non-punitive Mitigation of Mining Injuries.

2013       Invited Speaker, US InterAgency Board (IAB) Stakeholder Workshop on Evaluation of Hazards and Operations in the Post-Fire Environment, New Orleans, LA. Air Purifying Respiratory Protection during Overhaul: Evaluation of CBRN Canisters and Cartridges.

2014       Invited speaker - MSHA Az Mining Association, and ARPA ‘Spring Thaw’.

2014       Full council member – CDC/NIOSH NORA Mining Sector Council.

2014       Comissioned as Captain, US Air Force – Public Health Officer, 162nd FSS Air Guard.

2014       Invited by HHS/CDC/NIOSH – Div. of Respiratory Disease Surveillance (DRDS) to participate as co-investigator/senior consultant on the Metal/Non-metal Total Worker Health project. Hired through Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) for 10%FTE assignment with DRDS.

Abbreviated Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • White AG, Watts GS, Mez-Montenegro MM, Lutz EA, Harber P, Littau SR, Burgess JL. Environmental Arsenic Exposure and Microbiota in Induced Sputum. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 2299-2313.
  • Lutz EA, Reed R, Turner D, Littau S. Occupational Heat Strain in a Hot Underground Metal Mine. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. April, 2014. 56(4): 388-396.
  • Yu Q, Zhao GM, Hong XL, Lutz EA, Guo JG. Impact and Cost-effectiveness of a Comprehensive Schistosomiasis japonica Control Program in the Poyang Lake Region of China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013, 10, 6409-6421.
  • Jones T, Lutz EA. Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Environmental Survivability and Surface Sampling Efficiencies. Journal of Environmental Health. May, 2014, Vol 76, No 9, p16-20.
  • Sugeng AJ, Beamer PI, Lutz EA, Rosales, CB. Hazard-Ranking of Agricultural Pesticides for Chronic Health Effects in Yuma County, Arizona. Science of the Total Environment. 463-464 (2013)35-41v.
  • Lee V, Burgess JL, Sterling C, Lutz EA. Biochemical Triggers of Schistosome Cercariae Attraction and Penetration. International Journal of Parasitology. 43 (2013) 837–842.
  • Lutz EA, Pennell M, Stevenson K, Buckley TJ, Hoet AS. Non-outbreak related environmental surveillance of airborne MRSA in a veterinary hospital. American Journal of Infection Control. 41 (2013) 648-51.
  • Lutz EA, McCarty M, Mollenkopf D, Funk, J, Gebreyes W, Wittum TE. Ceftiofur Use in Finishing Swine Barns and the Recovery of Fecal Escherichia coli or Salmonella spp. Resistant to Ceftriaxone. Foodborne Pathogens and Diseases. 2011. 8(11), pp1229-1234.
  • Lutz EA, Sharma S, Casto B, Needham GR, Buckley TJ. Effectiveness of UV-C Equipped Vacuum at Reducing Culturable Surface-bound Microorganisms on Carpets. Environmental Science & Technology. 2010. 44(24), pp9451-9455.


2014       Captain, US Air Force – Arizona Air National Guard. Public Health Officer – 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson International Airport.

Research Synopsis

Dr. Lutz is actively integrating interdisciplinary collaborations in industrial hygiene, occupational exposure research, and safety training with the activities of the Division of Mining and Geological Engineering and the Institute of Mineral Resources (IMR) here at the University of Arizona. Concurrently, he applies his expertise and experience in zoonotic and sapronotic infectious diseases to research improvements in bioaerosol detection, environmental factors in agent transmission, and disease prevention/mitigation.

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona