Katherine Woodward

Environmental health scientist

Katherine Woodward


  • MSPH, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Kathy Woodward is an expert on global public health with a focus on water quality, sanitation, and food safety. With experience in microbiology and public health, she designs and implements research studies, conducts organizational and policy gap analyses, and provides guidance to other implementers and government entities around public health protection, both from the policy and technology perspectives.

Currently, Ms. Woodward is leading the development of a tool to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rank the most significant contaminants found in food for people and animals. She also supports public health and environmental risk-related research associated with sanitation technologies under a grant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and has played a key role in projects to evaluate and protect marine water quality in Abu Dhabi.

Ms. Woodward joined RTI in 2010. She has work-related and volunteer-related experience on public health and environmental projects in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining RTI she helped to develop a low-cost, portable test for the microbial quality of drinking water.

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