Chuck Treser joined the Department of Environmental Health in 1980 to manage a continuing competency education system for environmental health personnel. Since then, his teaching and research have expanded to examine how the principles and concepts of environmental health are practiced in the field at environmental health agencies at the local, state, federal and international levels. A recent research project compares the knowledge and skills desired by public sector employers with the curriculum content of environmental health programs offered by schools of public health in five states. Other major research focuses on the development of a practical manual on housing and health for environmental health practitioners, housing inspectors and building code officials, based on the CDC Basic Housing Inspection Manual.
Currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), Mr. Treser teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as the School-wide extended MPH degree program. He is an active participant in the University of Washington?s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice ? the organizational nexus within the School of Public Health & Community Medicine for connecting the academic pursuits of the school with the needs of the Public Health practice community. Professor Treser remains professionally active in environmental and public health professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association, the National Environmental Health Association, the National Conference of Local Environmental Health Administrators, the Washington State Environmental Health Association and the Washington State Public Health Association for which he is a former President. He has done consulting work for several local health departments and private engineering and consulting firms. His awards include the Washington State Public Health Association?s Tom Drummey Award and the American Public Health Association Environment Section?s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Treser was the first President of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) and is the Principal Investigator on a cooperative agreement between AEHAP and CDC. Mr. Treser also served as the chair of the International EH Faculty Forum from 2002 to 2004. He continues to work with his international colleagues on developing guidelines for quality Environmental Health academic programs.
Mr. Treser received his BA degree in history from Thiel College in 1967, and served three years in the U.S. Army as an artillery survey, education and personnel specialist. In 1971, he began his career in environmental health as an environmental health inspector with the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1976, Mr. Treser received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. He returned to the Allegheny County Health Department and was promoted to environmental health administrator, where he developed a comprehensive training program for new environmental health employees.