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The American Health Podcast is created by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative works to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to public health in the United States: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health and Violence. Visit to learn more.

Jun 4, 2018

Professor Tom Burke took some time away from his work at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to serve as the EPA’s science adviser and assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development under President Obama. He has also served as the deputy commissioner of health for New Jersey, and the director of science and research for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. We talk to Tom today about the important role of the EPA in protecting public health, and what to make of the news the agency is making these days.