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The Environmental Health Program

Dr. Charles V. Shorten Ph.D, P.E.

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The Environmental Health Program

Charles V. Shorten Ph.D, P.E.
209 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2360

Charles V. Shorten, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Charles V. Shorten
  • Professor and Director of Environmental Health Programs

  • Office: 222P Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
  • Phone: (610) 436-2360
  • Fax: (610) 436-2860
  • E-mail: Dr. Charles V. Shorten
Research Interests:
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Stormwater Management
  • Contaminant fate and transport in the environment

Educational Background


Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Shorten, C.V. and Sheehan, M.J.  2015. Environmental Health Internships at West Chester University:  30- Plus Years of Success Stories, IFEH Magazine:  Environment & Health International. Vol. 15 (1), pp. 29-50.
  • Bewley, A. and Shorten, C.V.  2015.  GMO Corn and Incidence of Insecticide Related Injuries, Student Research Award-Winning Paper presented at the National Environmental Health Association Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Shorten, C.V. and Hudson, C.  2013.  “Ten Years of Classroom Examinations of Water Quality in East Branch Brandywine Creek, PA: 2002-2012,” Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ. Available PDF
  • Shorten, C.V. and Parks, L.  2012.  “Assessment of Veterinary Drug Usage in Asian Shrimp Aquaculture,” 2nd Congreso Internacional de Educacion Superior, CIESUP/Knowledge Crossing Borders, West Chester, PA
  • Powell, T. and Shorten, C.V.  2012.  An Evaluative Study of Lead Exposure Sources, Student Research Award-Winning Paper presented at the National Environmental Health Association Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Early, K. and Shorten, C.V.  2011.  An Exploration of SADA Software and its Support in Human Health Risk Assessments, Decision-Making, and Risk Communication, Student Research Award-Winning Paper presented at the National Environmental Health Association meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Sanchez, A., Laliker, W. and Shorten, C.V.  2010.  Analyzing an International Service-Learning Program:  Benefits of Overseas Service Learning; Short-Term Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Congreso Internacional de Educacion Superior (International Conference on Higher Education), Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Shorten, C.V.  2009.  “Teaching Environmental Health Science & Engineering Abroad,” SETAC30th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
  • Shorten, C.V.  2008.  “Global Environmental Health:  Concerns for the 21st Century,” Capital Normal University, Beijing, China.
  • Shorten, C.V.  2006.  “Human Health Risk Assessment and the Precautionary Principle:  Mutually Exclusive Doctrines or Complementary Approaches to Understanding Chemical Hazards?”  Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India.
  • Shorten, C.V.  2006.  “The Four Phases of Emergency Management:  U.S. and Indian Applications to Natural Disasters and Emergencies” The Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, India.
  • Shorten, C.V.  2006.  “Environmental Health and Petroleum:  From Lead to MtBE.”  Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India.
  • Shorten, C.V. and J. Denis Newbold.  2006.  Riparian Corridor Management for Water Quality and Quantity Control, Proceedings of the Sixth IAELP International Workshop on “Water Saving Technologies”, February 22 – 24, 2006, Amritsar (Punjab) India, pp. 69-88.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Shorten joined West Chester University's Health Department in 1989. His teaching experience includes general courses in environmental health and specific courses in environmental research methods, biostatistics, water and wastewater treatment, stormwater management, environmental regulations, human health risk assessment, and emergency preparedness. He has directed study abroad programs in Costa Rica and China, and in 2006 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India, where he taught environmental health and soil conservation.Dr. Shorten has directed Master's thesis research (both MS and MPH) for several students. He has published and presented alongside his students before national audiences such as the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Dr. Shorten has held elected office and has served on various professional committees for university, local, regional and national organizationsDr. Shorten's hobbies and interests include contemporary band and brass music (he plays tuba in the Chester County Concert Band and the Stargazer Brass Quintet), bicycling, sailboat racing (he is an active member of the New Castle Sailing Club) and kayaking.
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