Linda S. Forst, MD, MPH

Professor and Director, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Dr. Linda Forst is professor and director of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and maintains a clinical practice. She directs the Great Lakes Center, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational and Environmental Health, and is a co-investigator in the Illinois Prevention Research Center.

For more information about Dr. Forst, see her page on the School of Public Health website.

Research Interests

Occupational health disparities, farm worker health and safety, occupational injury epidemiology, web-based teaching in environmental health, occupational diseases, workers compensation, occupational injury surveillance, data linkage

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For a wider selection of Dr. Forst's work, see PubMed.

Forst L, Ahonen E, Zanoni J, Holloway-Beth A, Oschner M, Kimmel L, et al. More than training: Community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among Hispanic construction workers. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Aug;56(8):827-837.

Forst L, Masters D, Zanoni J, Avila S, Chaidez F, Miller A. Medical interpretation for immigrant workers. New Solut. 2012;22(1):37-50.

Monaghan PF, Forst LS, Tovar-Aguilar JA, Bryant CA, Israel GD, Galindo-Gonzalez S, et al. Preventing eye injuries among citrus harvesters: the community health worker model. Am J Public Health. 2011 Dec;101(12):2269-2274.

Forst L, Avila S, Anozie S, Rubin R. Traumatic occupational injuries in Hispanic and foreign born workers. Am J Ind Med. 2010 Apr;53(4):344-351.

Friedman LS, Forst LS. Workers' compensation costs among construction workers: a robust regression analysis. J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Nov;51(11):1306-13.

Friedman LS, Forst L. Ethnic disparities in traumatic occupational injury. J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Mar;50(3):350-358.

Lacey SE, Forst LS, Petrea RE, Conroy LM. Eye injury in migrant farm workers and suggested hazard controls. J Agric Saf Health. 2007 Jul;13(3):259-74.

Forst L, Noth IM, Lacey S, Bauer S, Skinner S, Petrea R, Zanoni J. Barriers and benefits of protective eyewear use by Latino farm workers. J Agromedicine. 2006;11(2):11-17.

Forst L, Lacey S, Chen HY, Jimenez R, Bauer S, Skinner S, et al. Effectiveness of community health workers for promoting use of safety eyewear by Latino farm workers. Am J Ind Med. 2004 Dec;46(6):607-13.