thomas w schenk, Ph.D.


Role: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: schenk2@oakland.edu

Biography
Dr. Thomas Schenk has been an adjunct faculty member at Oakland University since 1993. His technical competence and rigorous standards help students think critically and discover the dynamics of data. He teaches graduate level courses in occupational safety and health research methods as well as continuing education classes in medical statistics. His research interests and publications include: the epidemiology of occupational injuries and illnesses, occupational health services delivery, and the impact of health on human performance. Dr. Schenk earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Arts degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 
 
In addition to teaching at Oakland University, Professor Schenk is the Corporate Epidemiologist for General Motors. He is responsible for health surveillance of all active and retired employees. He provides senior management with the scientific evidence necessary for sound health-related business decisions. His work at GM has resulted in research collaborations with investigators from academia, government institutes, and labor unions. Prior to joining General Motors, he served as an environmental health officer for the State of New York, and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. 
In 2006, Dr. Schenk was appointed to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. He also serves on the Oakland University OSH Industry Advisory Board and the Michigan Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. 
 
Courses
OSH 500 Introduction to Research
Medical Statistics continuing education classes