Harriet Okatch, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor



901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia , PA 19107

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Harriet Okatch, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Research & Practice Interests

Lead Poisoning
Global Health
Traditional & Herbal Remedies
HIV Medication Adherence


PhD, University of Botswana
MPH, University of Pennsylvania
BSc, University of Botswana 


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Fundamentals of Environmental Health
Global Health


Dr. Okatch earned a BSc and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Botswana, Botswana. Her research in the area of HIV/AIDS led her to pursue MPH studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research includes chemistry-only projects, applied chemistry in public health, and public health-only projects. 

Her current research focuses on the prevention of childhood lead poisoning through education, residential interventions and policy. In this work, she collaborates with several organizations including healthcare facilities, organizations providing social services, and local governmental agencies. She conducts this work locally in Lancaster and globally in both Botswana and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Okatch is a member of the Lancaster Lead Coalition and is also the co-chair of the state-wide Lead Free Promise Project.