Sang D. Choi, PhD

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Department of Global and Community Health
College of Public Health




Dr. Sang Daniel Choi, Ph.D., MPH, MS, CSP, CPE is Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University. Choi’s research interests are environmental and occupational health and safety, human factors & ergonomics, total workers health, fall prevention (older adults), and prevention through design (PtD). Choi is a nationally and internationally recognized with extensive knowledge and experience in the occupational and environmental health (OEH) and industrial-community health & safety. Before coming to Mason, Choi was OSH specialist for DHHS CDC/NIOSH Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program, and Professor in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH) at the University of Wisconsin. Choi is a U.S. Board Certified Safety Professional (BCSP), and U.S. Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (BCPE).

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    • Ma*, T., Zhang, Y., Choi, S. D., & Xiong, S. (2023). A systematic review of modeling methodologies for the evaluation of industrial exoskeletons. Applied Ergonomics, 113:104100. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2023.104100.

    • Arias, O., Groehler*, J., Wolff, M., & Choi, S. D. (2023). Assessment of musculoskeletal pain and physical demands using a wearable smartwatch heart monitor among precast concrete construction workers: A field case study. Novel Approaches and Applications in Ergonomic Design II. Applied Sciences, 13(4), 2347.

    • Choi, S. D., & Andrade, E. (2022). Multiple-level fall risks associated with socioeconomic factors among community-dwelling older adults: A systematic review. Industrial and Systems Engineering Review, 10(1), 10-27.

    • Arias, O., Koenig*, G., & Choi, S. D. (2022). Musculoskeletal acute and chronic pain surveyed among construction workers in Wisconsin, United States: A pilot study. In Special Issue: Sustainable Development of Occupational Health and Wellbeing. Sustainability, 14(20), 13279.

    • Delgado-Fernández, V. J., Rey-Merchán, M. C., López-Arquillos, A., & Choi, S. D. (2022). Occupational traffic accidents among teachers in Spain. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9). 5175. doi:10.3390/ijerph19095175.

    • Rey-Merchán, M. C., Gómez-de-Gabriel, J. M., López-Arquillos, A., & Choi, S. D. (2021). Analysis of falls from height variables in occupational accidents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(24), 13417.

    • Choi, S. D., & Staley, J. A. (2021). Safety and health implications of COVID-19 on the United States construction industry. Industrial and Systems Engineering Review, 9(1), 56-67.

    • Kim*, T., Choi, S.D., & Xiong, S. (2020). Epidemiology of fall and its socioeconomic risk factors in community-dwelling Korean elderly. PLOS ONE, 15(6): e0234787. doi:   10.1371/journal.pone.0234787

    • Sinyai, C., & Choi, S. (2020). Fifteen year of American construction occupational safety and health research. Safety Science, 131, 2020. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2020.104915

    • Choi, S. D., Guo*, L., Kim, J.H., & Xiong, S. (2019). Comparison of fatal occupational injuries in construction industry in the United States, South Korea, and China. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 71, 64-74. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2019.02.011


    • 2022 CDC/NIOSH Bullard-Sherwood Award for Research to Practice Honorable Mention,

    • Intervention Category: Expanding Occupational Health and Safety Expertise Through External Partnerships, April 2022

    • 2019 Stegall Pollock Safety Faculty Award. Outstanding performance, leadership, UWW COBE,

    • and commitment to the promotion and advancement of the occupational safety field and profession, May 2019

    • The Recipient of 2017 “Outstanding Research Award”, College of Business and Economics (CoBE),

    • University of Wisconsin, August 2017

    • HFES A. R. Lauer Safety Award (nominated), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2017, 2015

    • HFES Paul M. Fitts Education Award (nominated), Human Factors/Ergonomics Society, 2014

    • Selected to NIOSH sponsored a Special Research to Practice (RtP) track at the 100th National Safety

    • Council (NSC) Congress, 2013

    • Best of the Best Paper Award, The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)’s Council on

    • Practices & Standards (CoPS), 2012

    • The Recipient of the University-Wide Award for Outstanding Research, The University of Wisconsin,

    • Office of The Chancellor, 2009

    • The Recipient of 2008 NSC Research Award, The National Safety Council (NSC), College &

    • University Initiative: Education & Research, 2008

    • The Recipient of 2007 NSC Research Award, The National Safety Council (NSC), College and

    • University Initiative: Education and Research, 2007

    • The Recipient of 2005 New Horizon Safety Research Award, National Safety Council (NSC),

    • Educational Resources Division, 2005

    • Cooperated in the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates

    • (REU) Program in Construction Engineering, Western Michigan University, 2002-2003

    • The Recipient of 2003 University-Wide Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Western

    • Michigan University, The Graduate College, 2003

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships

    • Professional Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
    • Professional Member, American Society of Safety Professional (ASSP)
    • Member, National Safety Council (NSC)



    • M.P.H., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Milken Institute School of Public Health. Specialization: Public Health
    • Ph.D., Western Michigan University, Industrial Engineering (Ergonomics and Safety). Graduate Research and Creative Scholar.
    • M.S., Industrial Engineering (Human Factors). Wichita State University, Kansas