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Jeffrey M. Brasel, Ph.D., R.E.H.S.

Washoe County District Health Department

Reno, NV 89520-0027


Jeffrey M. Brasel is a Senior Registered Environmental Health Specialist with Special Events for the Washoe County District Health Department in Reno, Nevada.  He has been with the department for 13 years and served in various capacities conducting inspections of institutions, food facilities, and pools and spas as well as working in vector control and surveillance.  In Washoe County he is currently responsible for oversight and day to day activities of one of the largest special event regulatory programs in the United States.  He also serves as adjunct faculty at Truckee Meadows Community College, teaching courses in Environmental Science as well as Chemistry.


Jeffrey earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Community Health at California State University, Fresno (a.k.a. Fresno State) in 1990 and continued on at the same institution for a Masters of Science in Environmental Health, which was completed in 1994.  He continued his academic pursuits and finished his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005.  During his academic endeavors Jeffrey presented his research at Society of Toxicology four consecutive years and has been presented by the Society with the Student Travel Award and Award for Best Abstract in the Risk Assessment Division.  His work has been published in Applied Toxicology and Pharmacology, Journal of Toxicology, and Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

Leadership Development Opportunities

The Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been personally and professionally rewarding.  Systems thinking can be applied to so many aspects of everyday life.  Realization of issues and complex problem solving are now commonplace for me; using the why questions to get to the heart of the matter and taking initiative learned through individual development that a leader must posses to find resolution. The cohesiveness and interaction with peers and now new friends in the Environmental Health Profession was invaluable.  It’s interesting how well you can get to know yourself and understand your strengths and weaknesses through the curriculum that is offered.