Phillip L. Williams

Environmental Health Science, Dean's Office,
Dean Emeritus

Environmental Health Science, Dean's Office,

Dr. Phillip L. Williams is the Founding Dean of the UGA College of Public Health Georgia.

Under Dr. Williams’ leadership, the College was awarded full accreditation in June 2009 and was reaccredited for seven more years in 2014; has more than doubled the College’s initial enrollment to more than 1,000 current students; graduated more than 2,300 doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students; and moved six of the College’s seven units to the UGA Health Sciences Campus located at the former U.S. Naval Supply Corp School site. In addition, the College is now ranked third at UGA in generating indirect costs from external grants and fourth in total grant production.

Dr. Williams served as a UGA faculty member for more than 25 years, holding the Georgia Power Professorship in Environmental Health in the college’s Department of Environmental Health Science from 2001 until the present. Dr. Williams, who also served as a faculty member at Georgia Tech, retired on Dec. 1 with a total of 38 years in the University System of Georgia.


PhD, Toxicology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1988

Areas of Expertise

Environmental and Occupational Toxicology

Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1999
  • Delta Omega Honor Society in Pubic Health, 2010
  • Chair, Georgia Public Health Commission, State of Georgia, 2010
  • Member, State Board of Public Health, Department of Public Health, State of Georgia, 2011-Present
  • Chair, State Board of Public Health, Department of Public Health, State of Georgia, 2015-2016
  • Visiting Professor, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, 2011-2013
  • Georgia Giants in Public Health Award, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2017
  • President-Elect, Council on Education for Public Health, 2019
  • President, Council on Education for Public Health, 2020
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Society of Toxicology
  • American Public Health Association
  • Georgia Public Health Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Fellow
  • Georgia Section, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Research Interests
  • Development of occupational and environmental chemical exposure values
  • Use of nematodes as alternative toxicological test models