Naila Khalil, Ph.D.

Population and Public Health Sci
2555 University Blvd Ste 210, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Naila Khalil, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., C.P.H., is Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. In Master of Public Health Program, Dr. Khalil teaches environmental health, and undergraduate courses on infectious disease epidemiology, and climate change and health.

Dr. Khalil graduated with a Ph.D. in environmental epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She is a physician and also holds a M.P.H. degree from Pakistan. Dr. Khalil worked for 12 years in the Ministry of Health, Pakistan, as a public health physician. Besides teaching environmental health (EH) in the M.P.H. program, Quaide Azam University, Islamabad, she was the National Program Manager for EH, a collaborative effort with World Health Organization. 

Before joining her current position in 2010, Dr. Khalil was a post doctoral researcher at the Lifespan Health Research Center at WSU. Her research involved epidemiology of chronic diseases including cardiovascular outcomes. Her previous research focused on longitudinal analysis of skeletal and metabolic changes during menopause in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The abstract from this research was selected for a Young Investigators Award by the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research in 2009. Her M.P.H. research related to food and water safety, where she modeled a proactive strategy for preventing food borne illness in airlines (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Strategy). Dr Khalil has served with US EPA, and US Department of Defense as a reviewer and completed projects with WHO, IUCN, and Save the Children.  Her current research is focused on perfluoroalkyl substances exposure and health impacts in firefighters.  

    Education History

    Ph.D., Environmental Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

    M.P.H., Quaide Azam University, 2001

    M.B.B.S., Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Punjab University, 1986


    Environmental Health, infectious disease epidemiology, climate change and population health

    Research Statement

    Environmental health, epidemiology, endocrine disruptors, toxicology, environmental stressors

    Active Projects

    1. PI-Perfluoroalkyl substances, cardiometabolic risk factors in firefighters at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Dayton Ohio
    2. Paper in preparation pesticides and bone density changes in NHANES participants


    Grant reviewer Wright State University Women in Science Giving Circle, 2019-present

    Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) Member Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Task Force (SoTL) ,2018-present

    Ohio Public Health Climate Change Resilience Coalition-2017

    National Board of Public Health Examiners-invited reviewer-2016

    Wright State University, Associate Graduate Faculty Member in the School of Graduate Studies 2011-2016

    External Peer Review of: EPA document titled “The Approach for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings” (Technical Approach Document)-2015

    Senator Wright State University Faculty Senate 2013-2015

    Curriculum Committee, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Education Center, member 2014-present

    Accreditation and Evaluation Committee, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Education Center, member 2013-present

    Faculty Research Initiative, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Education Center, chair 2012-2017

    Journal Reviewer 

    Environmental Health Perspectives

    British Medical Journal (BMJ)

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    Industrial Health


    International Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism

    BMC Public Health

    Environment International


    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

    Invited Abstract Reviewer

    27th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    26th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference, Seattle, WA, USA


    Koskela, A., Ducatman, A., Schousboe, J., Nahhas, R., Khalil, N. (2022) Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Abdominal Aortic Calcification, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: January 06, 2022 - Volume - Issue - doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002479

    Godley S, Aumiller B, Horigian V, Khalil N, Kruger J, Pennel C, Youatt E, Kiviniemi, M. (2020) Evidence-Based Educational Practices for Public Health: How We Teach Matters. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. doi:10.1177/2373379920978421

    Khalil, N., Ducatman, A. M., Sinari, S., Billheimer, D., Hu, C., Littau, S., & Burgess, J. L. (2020). Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance and Cardio Metabolic Markers in Firefighters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    Leary, D. B.,Takazawa, M., Kannan, K., & Khalil, N. (2020). Perfluoroalkyl substances and metabolic syndrome in firefighters: a pilot study. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 62(1), 52-57.

    Heinle, B., Crawford, T., Paton, S., Khalil, N. (2019). Perfluoroalkyl Substance Exposure and Lung Function in the U.S. Population. Ohio Journal of Public Health.  Vol. 2, Issue 2

    Wallace KD, Nahhas RW, Froehle AW, Khalil, N. Age but not BMI predicts accelerated progression of KOA: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. The Ohio Journal of Public Health. 2018, 1(1):24-28. ISSN: 2578-6180 [Click here]

    Khalil, N., Ebert, J. R., Honda, M., Lee, M., Nahhas, R. W., Koskela, A. & Kannan, K. (2018). Perfluoroalkyl substances, bone density, and cardio-metabolic risk factors in obese 8–12 year old children: A pilot study. Environmental research, 160, 314-321. (Journal Impact factor: 3.09)  

    Khalil, N., Kaur, B., Lawson, A., Ebert, J., & Nahhas, R. (2018). Secondhand smoke exposure is associated with autism spectrum disorder in US males but not in females: Results from the National Survey on Children’s Health. Environmental Disease, 3(1), 8. 

    Khalil, N., Wallace, K., Tahtamooni, O., Rogers, N., & Nahhas, R. (2018). Association of secondhand smoke with increased sagittal abdominal diameter in the United States population: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011–2012. Environ Dis 2018; 3:45-51

    Okeke, J., Raymond, Paton, S.J., Smith, L.A.J., & Khalil, N. (2017). Association of Maternal Demographic Characteristics with Breastfeeding of Low Birth Weight Infants in Ohio in 2012. Clinical Lactation, 8(1), 22-27

    Khalil, N., Chen, A., Lee, M., Czerwinski,S.A., Ebert, J.R., DeWitt, J., Kannan, K. (2016) Association of Perfluoroalkyl Substances, Bone Mineral Density, and Osteoporosis in the US Population in NHANES 2009-2010 .  Environ Health Perspect DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1307909 PMID: 26058082 (Journal Impact factor: 7.98) 

    Tyler, M.M., Khalil, N., Paton, S. (2015) Increasing Knowledge with Food Safety Training at Public Health- Dayton & Montgomery County. Food Protection Trends, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 262-269.

    Khalil, N., Chen, A.,Lee, M.,(2014)Endocrine Disruptive Compounds, Weight gain, and Cardio-metabolic Risk Factors in Children. Current Opinion in Pharmacology, pp. 120-124. (Journal Impact factor: 5.75)

    Polotsky, A. J., Allshouse, A., Crawford, S. L., Harlow, S. D., Khalil, N., Santoro, N., Kazlauskaite, R. & Legro, R. S. (2014). Hyperandrogenic Oligomenorrhea and Metabolic Risks across Menopausal Transition.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 11:jc20134170. PMID: 24517154 (Journal Impact factor: 6.43)                                                                        

    Khan, U. I., Wang, D., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C. A., Khalil, N., Ylitalo, K. R., & Santoro, N. (2014). Progression From Metabolically Benign to At-Risk Obesity in Perimenopausal Women: A Longitudinal Analysis of Study of Women Across the Nation (SWAN). J Clin Endocrinol Metab, jc20133259. doi: 10.1210/jc.2013-3259. PMID: 24846534 (Journal Impact factor: 6.43).                     

    El Khoudary,S.R.,  McClure,C.,  VoPham,T., Karvonen-Gutierrez,C.A., Sternfeld,B., Cauley, J.A,  Khalil, N., Sutton-Tyrrell, K,. (2014) Longitudinal Assessment of the Menopausal Transition, Endogenous Sex Hormones, and Perception of Physical Functioning: The Study of Women's Health across the Nation.  J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. PMID: 24465026 (Journal Impact factor: 4.31)

    Khalil, N., Faulkner, K. A., Greenspan, S. L., Cauley, J. A. and The Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Research Group (2014), Associations Between Bone Mineral Density, Grip Strength, and Lead Body Burden in Older Men. J Am Geriatr Soc.  doi: 10.1111/jgs.12603. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 24383935  (Journal Impact factor: 3.98)

    Khalil, N., Ebert, J.R., Wang, L., Belcher, S., Lee, M., Czerwinski, S.A., Kannan, K. (2014) Bisphenol A and Cardiometabolc Risk Factors in Obese Children, Science of the Total Environment, 470-471C, pp. 726-732, doi : 10.1016/ j.scitotenv. 2013.09.088. PMID: 24184549  (Journal Impact factor: 3.26)

    Gibson, C. J., Joffe, H., Bromberger, J. T., Thurston, R. C., Lewis, T. T., Khalil, N., & Matthews, K. A. (2012). Mood symptoms after natural menopause and hysterectomy with and without bilateral oophorectomy among women in midlife. Obstet Gynecol, 119(5), 935-941. PMCID: 3339661(Journal Impact factor: 4.80)

    Polotsky, A. J., Allshouse, A., Crawford, S. L., Harlow, S. D., Khalil, N., Santoro, N., & Legro, R. S. (2012). Relative contributions of oligomenorrhea and hyperandrogenemia to the risk of metabolic syndrome in midlife women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 97(6), E868-877. PMCID: 3387411   (Contributed substantially to the interpretation of results, drafted or provided critical revisions of the article including approval of the final draft to publish)(Journal Impact factor: 6.43)

    Khalil, N., Sutton-Tyrrell, K., Strotmeyer, E. S., Greendale, G. A., Vuga, M., Selzer, F., Crandall, C. J., & Cauley, J. A. (2011). Menopausal bone changes and incident fractures in diabetic women: a cohort study. Osteoporos Int, 22(5), 1367-1376. PMCID: 2992105 (Journal Impact factor: 4.04)

    Khalil N, Morrow LA, Needleman H, Talbott EO, Wilson JW, Cauley JA.(2009) Association of cumulative lead and neurocognitive function in an occupational cohort. Neuropsychology. 23 (1):10-19. PMID: 19210029 (Journal Impact factor: 3.58)

    Khalil N, Wilson JW, Talbott EO, Morrow LA, Hochberg MC, Hillier TA, Muldoon SB, Cummings SR, Cauley JA. (2009). Association of blood lead concentrations with mortality in older women: a prospective cohort study. Environ Health.  8:15. PMCID: 2670287 (Journal Impact factor: 2.71)

    Khalil N, Cauley JA, Wilson JW, Talbott EO, Morrow L, Hochberg MC, Hillier TA, Muldoon SB, Cummings SR. (2008). Relationship of blood lead levels to incident non-spine fractures and falls in older women: the study of osteoporotic fractures. J Bone Miner Res. 23(9):1417-1425. PMCID: 2683156 (Journal Impact factor: 6.83) 


    Book Chapter                                                      

    Khalil, N.,  Koskela, A.  (2020). Challenges in Endocrine Disruptor Toxicology and Risk Assessment; Issues in Toxicology Series. Book Chapter on “Bone as a target for endocrine disruptors”.  The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK., edited by Dr Alberto Mantovani (Italy) and Dr Alexandra Fucic (Croatia)

    Khalil, N.,  Lee, M., Steenland, K. (2015) Toxicological Effects of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. Book Chapter on ‘Epidemiological Effects’.  Humana Press. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.    


    Co-authored white paper on climate change preparedness for use by local public health professionals in Ohio to address the impacts of climate change

    Climate Resilience in Ohio: A Public Health Approach to Planning and Preparedness

    ​Meeting Peer Review Summary Report – External Peer Review of EPA’s Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead due to Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.  TO39 FINAL PostMeeting Peer Review Report 022715

    Health and Environment, Northern Areas Strategy for Sustainable Development (2003) International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    Hospital Waste Management in Pakistan (2002), Government of Pakistan Joint Collaborative Program with World Health Organization

    Environmental Health Impact Assessment Conference Report (2002) Government of Pakistan Joint Collaborative Program with World Health Organization, held in Bhurban, Pakistan. (Page #16)


    Professional Affiliations/Memberships

    American Society of Bone and Mineral Research-member -2009-present

    American Heart Association -member 2009

    Claude D.Pepper Older American Independence Center, the University of Pittsburgh-member 2008

    Bone Commitee for the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) member and co-ordinating Center representative 2007-2008


    Scholarship award for MPH dissertation from the Government of Netherlands-2000

    Student Travel Award in Environmental Health, American Public Health Association-2004

    Invited Presenter and Travel Award, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA-2006

    Young Investigator Award, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research-2009

    External Peer Reviewer of EPA document titled" The Approach for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-based Paint Hazards from Renovations, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings".

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