Charlotte Smith PhD

Environmental Health Sciences

  • Visiting Professor ITESO

Charlotte D. Smith is a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and her research is focused on the access to safe water as a human right.

Charlotte D. Smith is a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr.Smith holds a BS in Microbiology from the University of Michigan, an MA in Community Health from the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Smith teaches “Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences and Drinking Water and Health”, “Drinking Water and Health”, “Honors Thesis Research Methods Seminar” and “Mapping the Human Right to Water”. Her research interests are the microbial ecology of waterborne pathogens and the access to safe water as a human right. Dr. Smith has over 30 years of experience solving drinking water quality problems: Before establishing Charlotte Smith & Associates, Inc. in 1994, Dr. Smith was employed by the New York City DEP-Drinking Water Quality Division, and then General Waterworks Corporation (the American subsidiary of Suez Environment), which at that time owned and operated 35 water utilities in 15 states. She was Director of Water Quality for GWC responsible for regulatory compliance for all 35 water companies. Dr. Smith was a member of a committee of the National Academy of Sciences that assessed the risk of post-treatment (distribution system) water contamination. She has several water industry awards including the “2001 Golden Spigot Award” and over 50 publications and presentations. Dr. Smith holds the 2016 Zak Sabry Distinguished Mentorship Award from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

  • PhD – Environmental Health Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA – Community Health, City University of New York
  • BS – Microbiology, University of Michigan


  • United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management – Academic Network of the Americas
  • Organization of American States – Pan American Institute of Geography and History
  • Visiting Professor – Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Fall Semesters)
  • Impact assessment and evaluation of water systems and public health in urban and rural Mexican communities
  • Central American communities
  • Microbial ecology of waterborne pathogens
  • Bacterial endosymbionts of free-living protozoa
  • PH150B: Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (Summer)
  • PH170c/PH271c: Drinking Water and Health (Spring)
  • PHW277: Applied GIS in Public Health
  • Applied GIS in Environmental Health (Fall at ITESO – Guadalajara, Mexico)