Dr. Rupkatha Bardhan

Dr. Rupkatha Bardhan is an assistant professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August 2018. Her primary research/academic interests are in the areas of psychosocial stress at work and its long-term health effects in populations with high job demand.

Courses taught at Murray State

  • OSH 310 Fire & Emergency Preparedness Preplanning
  • OSH 311 Hazardous Materials & Emergency Planning
  • OSH 536 Motor Fleet Safety
  • OSH 550 Safety and Health Program Management and Training
  • OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health
  • OSH 689 Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management


  • Ph.D. (Environmental Health Sciences – Major: Environmental Health Sciences, Focus: Industrial Hygiene) University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2018
  • Doctoral Dissertation: Psychosocial job stress and oxidative stress in emergency department nurses
  • M.P.H. (Public Health – Major: Industrial Hygiene/Hazardous Substances) University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • B.Ed. (Education, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology) University of Burdwan, India, 2004
  • M.S. (Botany) University of Burdwan, India, 2002
  • B.S. (Biology/Botany Honors) University of Burdwan, India, 2000

Research support

  • 2021: Grant awarded: BCSP Early-Stage Funding ($19,000), Role-Principal Investigator (PI), Title: Managing stress and fatigue among truck drivers.
  • 2020: Grant awarded: Don B. Daily Safety Grant ($10,000) from AIST and SMA, Role- PI, Title: “Managing Heat Stress Related Injuries and Illness in the Iron and Steel Industry.”
  • 2019-2021: Grant awarded: Committee for Institutional Studies and Research or CISR grant ($3000) as a PI. The project investigated job stress and long-term health effects in EMS professionals in Kentucky.
  • 2015-2018: Grant awarded: Back of the Envelope or BOTE grant ($20,000) as Co-PI. The project goal was to assess job stress and associations between Job Stress and Oxidative damage in ER Nurses.
  • 2010-2011: Grant awarded: CDC- NIOSH Pilot Research Training Grant ($10,000) from Deep South ERC as PI. The project focused on Oxidative Damage in Occupationally Exposed Radiation Workers in the United States



  • 2017: Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Credentialed by Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
  • 2016: Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Credentialed by Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Professional experience prior to Murray State

  • 2014-2018: NIOSH-ERC (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-Education and Research Centers) fellow/trainee in Environmental Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), School of Public Health
  • 2011-2013: Safety Coordinator, US Pipe and Foundry, AL Works (Iron and Steel Industry), Bessemer, AL
  • 2009-2011: NIOSH-ERC fellow/trainee in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene/Hazardous substances, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UAB
  • 2010: Internship in Radiation Safety, Department of Occupational Health and Safety, UAB

Professional organizations

  • 2021: Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
  • 2021-: American Industrial Hygiene Association Standards Advisory Panel (SAP)
  • 2019-: Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society (UAB)
  • 2018-: American Industrial Hygiene Association Social Concerns Committee (SOC)
  • 2014-: American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • 2014-: American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
  • 2015: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)

Honors and awards

  • 2021: Certificate of Recognition in appreciation for the presentation entitled “Managing Heat Stress Related Injuries and Illness in an Iron and Steel industry”, AISTech 2021
  • 2019: Selected as a member of Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, UAB
  • 2018: Poster award recognized by Social Concerns Committee in Philadelphia in American Industrial Hygiene Conference (AIHCe)
  • 2016: Best poster in session award in Baltimore in American Industrial Hygiene Conference (AIHce)
  • 2016: Scholarship awarded from American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • 2016: Recipient of Travel Sponsorship to CSTE Conference in New Orleans (South On)
  • 2014-2018: CDC/NIOSH and ERC fellowship for doctoral studies
  • 2009-2011: CDC/NIOSH and ERC fellowship for master’s studies


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