Andrea Sass-Kortsak

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Graduate Coordinator
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Dalla Lana School of Public Health
155 College Street, 6th floor
Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Current DLSPH Academic & Administrative Appointments
Current Position: 
Associate Professor
SGS Status: 
Full Member
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Administrative Positions: 
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Education & Training History

Doctor of Philosophy, 1993

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario


Master of Health Sciences (Occupational Health), 1980

Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Bachelor of Science, 1977

Trinity College, University of Toronto



Research Interests
  • Occupational Hygiene - Exposure Assessment ie.) development and validation of sampling methods used to determine exposures; and, identification and assessment of factors influencing workplace and environmental exposures
  • Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology - examining and developing methods for improving estimates of exposure for exposure-effect relationships eg.) use of self-reported measures, and modelling
  • Occupational Epidemiology - occupational risk factors for prostate cancer, fine particulates
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
  • CHL 5914 - Industrial Noise
  • CHL 5915 - Occupational Hygiene Control Methodology
Honours and Awards
  • 2001  Hugh Nelson Award for Excellence in Occupational Hygiene,   Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario
  • 1999  Robin Badgley Award for Excellence in Teaching,  Department of Public Health Sciences
  • 1987  Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH),  Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists
  • 1983  Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH),  American Board of Industrial Hygiene 
Current Research Projects
  • 2008-10  - Evaluation of fibre exposure outside of asbestos abatement enclosures.  P Bozek, A Sass-Kortsak (co-PIs)


Representative Publications

Nadalin V, Kreiger N, Parent M, Salmoni A, Sass-Kortsak A, Siemiatycki J, Sloan M, and Purdham J. Prostate Cancer and Occupational Whole-Body Vibration Exposure. Annals of Occupational Hygiene (In press).


Ferris LE, Sass-Kortsak A.  Sharing research findings with research participants and communities.  IJOEM.  2(3):172-181,  2011


Young E, Kreiger N, Purdham JT, Sass-Kortsak AM.  Prostate cancer and driving occupations:  Could whole body vibration play a role?  Int Arch Occ Env Health 82(5): 551-556, 2009.

Sass-Kortsak AM, Purdham JT, Kreiger N, Darlington G, Lightfoot N. Occupational risk factors for prostate cancer; Am J Ind Med 50(8): 568-576, 2007


Neilson H, Sass-Kortsak AM, Lou W,  Purdham JT. Personal factors influencing agreement between expert and respondent assessments of an occupational exposure; Chronic Dis Can 28(1-2):1-9, 2007


Darlington GA, Kreiger N, Lightfoot N, Purdham J, Sass-Kortsak A. Prostate cancer risk and diet, physical activity and cigarette smoking;  Chronic Dis Can 27(4): 145-153, 2007


Kim D, Sass-Kortsak AM, Purdham JT, Dales R, Brook JR.  Associations between personal exposures and fixed-site ambient measurements of fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in Toronto, Canada;    J Exp Anal & Environ Epi 16:172-183, 2006