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Philip Harber MD, MPH

Philip  Harber MD, MPH


Community, Environment & Policy Department

1656 E Mabel St.
Medical Research Building 112
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-1263


Dr. Harber combines medicine and public health perspectives. His crosscutting work considers information development and utilization across public health, occupational medicine, and pulmonary medicine. Integrative approaches include disease process modeling, quantitative decision analysis, informatics (language development and processing), clinical decision support systems, epidemiology, and health services quality analysis.

Previously, Dr. Harber was professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of the Division of Occupational-Environmental Medicine. He directed the occupational-environmental medicine residency. He has served as chair of the NIOSH/CDC Study Section (IRG), vice chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for preventive medicine RRC, board of directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and a member of several IOM committees. His clinical and consulting expertise includes occupational respiratory diseases, occupational toxicology, and occupational ergonomics

Dr. Harber received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins. He is certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and occupational-environmental medicine.

Examples of Recent Publications:

  • Harber, P. I., Al-Otaibi, S., Alfulayw K, K., & Abugad, H. (2018). Factors associated with sharp device injuries in dammam healthcare workers: implications for prevention. Occup Environ Med, 75, Suppl 2, A20.
  • Harber, P. I., Gross, J, J., DeLaCruz, C., Carlos, W., & Jamil, S. (2018). Sand and Dust Storms: Acute Exposure and Threats to Respiratory Health.. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 198, P13-4. doi:10.1164/rccm.1987P13
  • Harber, P. I., Henneberger, P., & Redlich, C. (2018). Work-exacerbated Asthma (ATS Patient Education Series. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 197, P1-2.
  • Harber, P. (2017). Recognizing Workplace Factors Contributing to Interstitial Lung Disease. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 196(8), 949-951.
  • Harber, P., & Leroy, G. (2017). Feasibility and Utility of Lexical Analysis for Occupational Health Text. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 59(6), 578-587.
  • Harber, P., & Leroy, G. (2017). Social media use for occupational lung disease. Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology
  • Harber, P., Ha, J., & Roach, M. (2017). Arizona Hospital Discharge and Emergency Department Database: Implications for Occupational Health Surveillance. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 59(4), 417-423.
  • Harber, P., Redlich, C. A., Hines, S., Filios, M. S., & Storey, E. (2017). Recommendations for a Clinical Decision Support System for Work-Related Asthma in Primary Care Settings. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 59(11), e231-e235.
  • Leroy, G. A., & Harber, P. I. (2017). Feasability and Utility of Lexical Analysis in Occupational Health Free Text. J Occup Env Med.
  • Leroy, G. A., & Harber, P. I. (2017). Social media use for occupational lung disease. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Jan 30. doi:, 17. doi:10.1097/ACI.0000000000000345

Research Synopsis

Occupational health, pulmonary medicine, informatics decision analysis health services quality.

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona