David Moskalik Sterling, PhD, CIH, ROH

David Sterling, PhD, CIH, ROH

Professor - Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Research interests:Air quality and asthma

Dr. David Sterling has dedicated his career to excellence in the field of public health. His present research is community-based and includes research on asthma management in a school environment, and assessing how communities perceive and react to air quality issues.

With more than 30 years’ experience as a principal and co-investigator on federal, state and foundation-funded grants, Dr. Sterling is accustomed to working in low-income and diverse communities. The majority of these studies were focused on environmental exposures to communities and has included studies of the relationship of air pollution with asthma in children, lead exposure to children from paint and mining activities, welding and manganese exposure with Parkinson’s disease, and asbestos exposure with disease progression outcomes.

Dr. Sterling understands the connection between asthma and the impact of increased school absences and stands committed to giving back to the community. He has teamed with UNTHSC’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) department and the Fort Worth Independent School District to pilot a children’s asthma management program in two East Fort Worth schools.

Because excessive school absences are a strong predictor of disrupted learning and premature dropout rates, it is hoped the project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingleheim, will improve the way children’s asthma is managed in school and at home.

Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental and Occupational Health Science, University Of Texas School of Public Health, Houston

Master of Science, Environmental Health Science/Industrial Hygiene, University Of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University Of Oregon, Eugene



Honors:2013 – Member, Delta Omega, honorary society for public health, Alpha Sigma Chapter

2011 – President's Award For Educational Excellence, in recognition of exemplary contributions and dedication to the furthering the mission of the UNT Health Science Center

2010 – Best paper – Relationship Between School Absence, Academic Performance and Asthma Status, Journal of School Health, Moonie, Sterling, Figgs, Castro. Selected as one of the top 13 research and review papers for 2008 by the Physician Section of the American School Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health

Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, St. Louis University School of Public Health