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Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Leah M Grout, PhD, MPH

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Associate Professor I

SCU Health - Clinical and Health Services Research


Current Position

  • Position: Research Data Analyst


Dr. Grout is a Research Data Analyst at Southern California University of Health Sciences. She holds a PhD in public health from Otago University in New Zealand and an MPH from Tufts University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Vermont. Dr. Grout has several years of research experience across a broad array of public health topics. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and also has extensive public policy experience. 



Ph.D., Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New ZealandDissertation: Assessing the potential public health impacts associated with the intensification of dairy farming in New Zealand


MPH, Public Health, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States


B.Sc., Environmental Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, United States

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Conference Proceedings


Wilson, N.; Grout, L. M.; Summers, J.; Mizdrak, A.; Nghiem, N.; Cleghorn, C. A League Table of Cancer Control Interventions That Spans Primary Prevention to Palliation: QALYs, Impact on Inequalities, Costs and Cost-Effectiveness; International Health Economics Association, 2021.
Wilson, N.; Grout, L. M.; Summers, J.; Nghiem, N.; Baker, M. G. Preliminary Descriptive Comparisons of Health and Economic Impacts of New Zealand’s Elimination Strategy towards the COVID-19 Pandemic; International Health Economics Association, 2021.
Grout, L. M.; French, N.; Baker, M. G.; Hales, S. Zoonotic Diseases, Livestock Densities, Social and Environmental Factors in New Zealand; One Health Aotearoa, 2019.
Grout, L. M.; French, N.; Baker, M. G.; Hales, S. Zoonotic Diseases, Livestock Densities, Social and Environmental Factors in New Zealand; International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, 2019.
Grout, L. M. Dairy Cattle Exposure and Zoonotic Disease in New Zealand; One Health Aotearoa, 2018.

Journal Article


Dawoud, A.; Blitz, J.; Moonaz, S.; Grout, L. Feasibility and Acceptability of Yoga for Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Children 2024, 11, 812.
Grout, L.; Hales, S.; Baker, M. G.; French, N.; Wilson, N. Severe Weather Events and Cryptosporidiosis in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Case Series of Space-Time Clusters. 2024, 152, e64.
Grout, L.; Gottfreðsson, M.; Kvalsvig, A.; Baker, M. G.; Wilson, N.; Summers, J. Comparing COVID-19 Pandemic Health Responses in Two High-Income Island Nations: Iceland and New Zealand. 2023, 51, 797–813.
Grout, L.; Chambers, T.; Hales, S.; Prickett, M.; Baker, M. G.; Wilson, N. The Potential Human Health Hazard of Nitrates in Drinking Water: A Media Discourse Analysis in a High-Income Country. 2023, 22, 9.
Grout, L.; Mizdrak, A.; Nghiem, N.; Jones, A. C.; Blakely, T.; Ni Mhurchu, C.; Cleghorn, C. Potential Effect of Real-World Junk Food and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Population Health, Health System Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in New Zealand: A Modelling Study. 2022, 5, 19–35.
Grout, L.; Marshall, J.; Hales, S.; Baker, M. G.; French, N. Dairy Cattle Density and Temporal Patterns of Human Campylobacteriosis and Cryptosporidiosis in New Zealand. 2022, 19, 273–289.
Jones, A. C.; Grout, L.; Wilson, N.; Nghiem, N.; Cleghorn, C. The Cost-Effectiveness of a Mass Media Campaign to Promote Smartphone Apps for Weight Loss: Updated Modeling Study. 2022, 6, e29291.
Wilson, N.; Hoek, J.; Nghiem, N.; Summers, J.; Grout, L.; Edwards, R. Modelling the Impacts of Tobacco Denicotinisation on Achieving the Smokefree 2025 Goal in Aotearoa New Zealand. 2022, 135, 65–76.
Grout, L.; Katar, A.; Ait Ouakrim, D.; Summers, J. A.; Kvalsvig, A.; Baker, M. G.; Blakely, T.; Wilson, N. Failures of Quarantine Systems for Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand. 2021, 215, 320–324.
Grout, L.; Telfer, K.; Wilson, N.; Cleghorn, C.; Mizdrak, A. Prescribing Smartphone Apps for Physical Activity Promotion in Primary Care: Modeling Study of Health Gain and Cost Savings. 2021, 23, e31702.
Wilson, N.; Gurram, N.; Grout, L.; Thomson, G. A Survey of the Smokefree Status of Pedestrian-Only Spaces in 10 New Zealand Local Government Areas. 2021, 134, 69–80.
Wilson, N.; Summers, J.; Grout, L.; Baker, M. G. Bumper Issue of COVID-19 Pandemic Studies of Relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand. The New Zealand medical journal 2021, 134, 9–17.
Wilson, N.; Grout, L.; Summers, J.; Jones, A. C.; Mizdrak, A.; Nghiem, N.; Cleghorn, C.; Blakely, T. Should Prioritising Health Interventions Be Informed by Modelling Studies? The Case of Cancer Control in Aotearoa New Zealand. 2021, 134, 101–113.
Grout, L.; Baker, M. G.; French, N.; Hales, S. A Review of Potential Public Health Impacts Associated With the Global Dairy Sector. 2020, 4, e2019GH000213.
Grout, L.; Hales, S.; French, N.; Baker, M. G. A Review of Methods for Assessing the Environmental Health Impacts of an Agricultural System. 2018, 15.
Snider, G.; Grout, L.; Ruggles, E. L.; Hondal, R. J. Methaneseleninic Acid Is a Substrate for Truncated Mammalian Thioredoxin Reductase: Implications for the Catalytic Mechanism and Redox Signaling. 2010, 49, 10329–10338.

Poster Presentation


Grout, L. M.; Hales, S.; French, N.; Baker, M. G. Methods for Assessing the Environmental Health Impacts of an Agricltural System: The Case of Dairy Farming in New Zealand. 29th Annual Conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, 2017.

Honors and Awards

Spring 2021 - Fall 2022

Top Cited Article and Top Downloaded Article, 2022, Wiley Publishing, Paper recognized as a top cited and top downloaded article in Medical Journal of Australia: "Failures of quarantine systems for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand".

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