Contact Information

Preventive Medicine and Biometrics: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
AFRRI Bldg., Rm. 3176J
Phone: (301) 319-6952

Duvel William

Duvel William "Bill" White, PhD, REHS

Major, MS, U.S. Army
Assistant Professor


MAJ Duvel White currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His scholarly interests are focused around environmental epidemiology and disease surveillance. Specifically, he is interested in transmission of acute respiratory infections in crowded living environments such as military members often find themselves. MAJ White has served in a variety of assignments to include most recently as the Disease Epidemiology Program Manager at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. He currently teaches courses in Environmental Health as well as in Epidemiology here at USU.


  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of South Carolina
  • B.S., Pre-Health Sciences, Portland State University, Portland Oregon


Transmission of Acute Respiratory Infections in Crowded Military Living Environments
MAJ White's research in transmission of acute respiratory infections centered on direct, indirect and airborne transmission of viral and bacterial pathogens among Soldiers living in crowded environments. His research focused on elucidating the role of indoor air quality, crowding, sanitation and other environmental factors in Army Basic Combat Training. The goal of his research is to identify non-vaccine environmental public health interventions to lower lost training time in this population.

Department of Defense Disease and Environmental Surveillance Systems
Along with his primary focus on environmental health, MAJ White is interested in linking disease and environmental surveillance in both deployed and non-deployed environments. The challenge of assessing deployed environmental exposures and linking those data with human health outcomes is a major area of research interest.


  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods (Co-Course Director)
  • Solid and Hazardous Wastes
  • Deployment Environmental Exposures
  • Fundamentals of Hydrology and Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • Introduction to Health Risk Communication
  • EOH Journal Club: Environmental and Occupational Health Case Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiologic Study Design in Military Training Populations
  • Environmental Factors in Epidemiologic Consultations
  • Transmission of Acute Respiratory Infection in Crowded Living Environments
  • Disease Surveillance in Military Populations