Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Heather Murphy

Heather Murphy

Assistant Professor


907 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office: 215-204-4766
Fax: 215-204-1854


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Bachelor of Biological Engineering, Dalhousie University


Dr. Murphy has over ten years of experience in water/wastewater treatment, water quality, drinking water distribution, risk assessment and environmental health in both North America and abroad. Dr. Murphy obtained her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph, Canada, where she focused on appropriate household water treatment technologies in rural Cambodia. Following her PhD, she worked for the United Nations International Emergency Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist in Mali and Madagascar. While in Mali, she coordinated a $25 million dollar Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools program, covering 1000 schools, the largest program of its kind in the world. She recently completed a research fellowship with the Public Health Agency of Canada where she focused on quantifying the burden of waterborne disease on the Canadian population. Prior to joining Temple she was a research fellow at the University of Guelph where she conducted research on the challenges of water provision in Canadian First Nations communities. Dr. Murphy’s research interests involve understanding and addressing water and health challenges in both developed and developing countries. She leads the Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab.

Research Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Communication
  • Water Quality