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Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Eugene Lengerich is Faculty Director of the Graduate Program and Certificates in Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness Option, Penn State World Campus.

Established in 2006 and delivered online, the option admits 40 top students each year to develop their knowledge, leadership and competencies to increase the capability of the individuals, communities, public health and health care systems to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to and recover from health emergencies.

He enjoys teaching and mentoring students, postdocs and junior faculty in epidemiology, health disparities, outbreak investigation and interventional studies. 

Research interests

Dr. Eugene Lengerich joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in July 1998. He is an epidemiologist with more than 25 years of experience in community- and clinic-based research to reduce the risk for acute and chronic diseases, especially among vulnerable populations. He has a special interest in translational research that addresses health disparities related to race, ethnicity or residence in a rural or Appalachian community. His research has received funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society, Health Resources and Services Administration, Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Lengerich has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and helped to develop digital atlases and story maps that visualize and disseminate disease surveillance data so as to inform future health research, policy development, and program implementation.

For Penn State Cancer Institute, he is the Associate Director for Health Disparities and Engagement and Director of the Community Sciences and Health Outcomes Shared Resource. Through these appointments, he fosters Cancer Institute member research to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes for residents of the 28-county Penn State Cancer Institute catchment area in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Lengerich and his wife also own and operate a small family farm in central Pennsylvania.

Education/Academic qualification

Preventive Medicine, Residency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Epidemiology (Epidemic Intelligence Service), Post-degree training, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


MS, Penn State University Park


VMD, University of Pennsylvania


External positions

Chair-elect, Appalachian Translational Research Network

Jan 1 2018 → …

Chair-elect, Appalachian Translational Research Network

2018 → …

Member, American Society of Preventive Oncology

Jan 1 2015 → …

Member, American Society of Preventive Oncology

2015 → …

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Projects 2010 2018

Research Project

Lengerich, E., Dignan, M. B., Raup-Krieger, J., Brown, P. & Paskett, E. D.

National Institutes of Health


Project: Research project

Appalachian Region
Research Personnel
National Cancer Institute (U.S.)
Early Detection of Cancer

Research Output 1992 2020

Temporal and spatial trends and determinants of aggressive prostate cancer among Black and White men with prostate cancer

Wang, M., Chi, G., Bodovski, Y., Holder, S. L., Lengerich, E. J., Wasserman, E. & McDonald, A. C., Jan 1 2020, In : Cancer Causes and Control. 31, 1, p. 63-71 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prostatic Neoplasms
Neoplasm Grading
1 Citation (Scopus)

Highlights from an Expert Meeting on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention among Older Adults

Epel, E., Green, P., Jeste, D., Koroukian, S., Lee, S., Lengerich, E., Marcus, M., Marquez, D. X., Prohaska, T., Rhodes, L., Rudd, R., Stone, R., Tan, E., Thorpe, R. J., Toy, P., Tucker-Seeley, R. & Holman, D. M., May 17 2019, In : Gerontologist. 59, p. S94-S101

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Preventive Health Services
Social Isolation
2 Citations (Scopus)

Thyroid cancer overdiagnosis and malpractice climate

Warrick, J. & Lengerich, E., Apr 1 2019, In : Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 143, 4, p. 414-415 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Open Access
Thyroid Neoplasms
Medical Overuse
1 Citation (Scopus)

A group randomized trial to reduce obesity among appalachian church members: The walk by faith study

Paskett, E. D., Baltic, R. D., Syoung, G., Katz, M. L., Lesko, S. M., Hwebber, K., Roberto, K. A., Lengerich, E. J., Schoenberg, N. E., Kennedy, S. K., Mama, S., Midkiff, C. C. & Dignan, M. B., Nov 2018, In : Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 27, 11, p. 1289-1297 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Appalachian Region
Weight Loss
Weights and Measures
Community Networks
2 Citations (Scopus)
Thyroid Neoplasms