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Environmental health is the branch of public health concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment affecting human health. Environmental health is focused on the natural and built environments for the benefit of human health. The major subdisciplines of environmental health are: environmental science ; environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology and epidemiology. Other terms referring to or concerning environmental health are environmental public health, and health protection.
8 Environmental Factors that Affect Health
Check out our interactive infographic to see progress toward the Environmental Health objectives and other Healthy People topic areas. Humans interact with the environment constantly. These interactions affect quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. The Healthy People Environmental Health objectives focus on 6 themes, each of which highlights an element of environmental health:. Maintaining a healthy environment is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life.
They include:. Poor environmental quality has its greatest impact on people whose health status is already at risk. Therefore, environmental health must address the societal and environmental factors that increase the likelihood of exposure and disease. The 6 themes of the Environmental Health topic area draw attention to elements of the environment and their linkages to health. Outdoor Air Quality Poor air quality is linked to premature death, cancer, and long-term damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Progress has been made to reduce unhealthy air emissions, but in , approximately million people lived in U. Surface and Ground Water Surface and ground water quality concerns apply to both drinking water and recreational waters. Contamination by infectious agents or chemicals can cause mild to severe illness. Protecting water sources and minimizing exposure to contaminated water sources are important parts of environmental health.
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes The health effects of toxic substances and hazardous wastes are not yet fully understood. Research to better understand how these exposures may impact health is ongoing. Meanwhile, efforts to reduce exposures continue. Reducing exposure to toxic substances and hazardous wastes is fundamental to environmental health. Homes and Communities People spend most of their time at home, work, or school.
Some of these environments may expose people to:. These hazards can impact health and safety. Maintaining healthy homes and communities is essential to environmental health. Infrastructure and Surveillance Preventing exposure to environmental hazards relies on many partners, including state and local health departments. Personnel, surveillance systems, and education are important resources for investigating and responding to disease, monitoring for hazards, and educating the public.
Additional methods and greater capacity to measure and respond to environmental hazards are needed. Global Environmental Health Water quality is an important global challenge. Diseases can be reduced by improving water quality and sanitation and increasing access to adequate water and sanitation facilities.
Environmental health is a dynamic and evolving field. While not all complex environmental issues can be predicted, some known emerging issues in the field include:. Climate Change Climate change is projected to impact sea level, patterns of infectious disease, air quality, and the severity of natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and storms. Disaster Preparedness Preparedness for the environmental impact of natural disasters as well as disasters of human origin includes planning for human health needs and the impact on public infrastructure, such as water and roadways.
Nanotechnology The potential impact of nanotechnology is significant and offers possible improvements to:. However, nanotechnology may also present unintended health risks or changes to the environment. The Built Environment Features of the built environment appear to impact human health—influencing behaviors, physical activity patterns, social networks, and access to resources. Exposure to Unknown Hazards Every year, hundreds of new chemicals are introduced to the U.
It is presumed that some of these chemicals may present new, unexpected challenges to human health, and their safety should be evaluated prior to release. These cross-cutting issues are not yet understood well enough to inform the development of systems for measuring and tracking their impact. Further exploration is warranted.
The environmental health landscape will continue to evolve and may present opportunities for additional research, analysis, and monitoring. Blood Lead Levels As of , there are approximately 4 million houses or buildings that have children living in them who are potentially being exposed to lead. Nearly half a million U.
Since no safe blood lead level have been identified for children, any exposure should be taken seriously. However, since lead exposure often occurs with no obvious signs or symptoms, it often remains unrecognized. Preventing disease through healthy environments. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO; Our Nation's air: Status and trends through Impact of regional climate change on human health.
Climate change, air quality, and human health. Am J Prev Med. Disaster preparedness. In: Frumkin H, editor. Environmental health, from global to local. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; Biological interactions of carbon-based nanomaterials: From coronation to degradation.
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Emerging Issues in Environmental Health Environmental health is a dynamic and evolving field. While not all complex environmental issues can be predicted, some known emerging issues in the field include: Climate Change Climate change is projected to impact sea level, patterns of infectious disease, air quality, and the severity of natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and storms.
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In this article we critically review the economic literature on the effects of environmental changes on public health, in both the developed and the developing world. Then, we explain how the monetary valuations of these effects can feed back in the construction of economic policy for creating agent-specific incentives for more efficient public health management, which is also equitable and environmentally sustainable. Our exposition is accompanied by a synthesis of the available quantitative empirical results. Every minute, five children in developing countries die from malaria or diarrhoea. Every hour, children die as a result of exposure to indoor smoke from solid fuels. Every day, nearly 1, people in developing cities die as a result of exposure to urban air pollution. Every month, nearly 19, people in developing countries die from unintentional poisonings.
It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. This book is dedicated to the occurrence and behaviour of PHEs in the different compartments of the environment, with special reference to soil. Current studies of PHEs in ecosystems have indicated that many industrial areas near urban agglomerates, abandoned or active mines, major road systems and ultimately also agricultural land act as sources and at the same time sinks, of PHEs and large amounts of metals are recycled or dispersed in the environment, posing severe concerns to human health. The book will provide to Stakeholders both Scientists Professionals and Public Administrators and also to non-specialists a lot of data on the concentrations of metals in soils and the environment and the critical levels so far established, in the perspective to improve the environmental quality and the human safety.
Environmental Effects on Public Health: An Economic Perspective
Water pollution occurs when a body of water becomes contaminated, usually by chemicals or microorganisms. Water pollution can cause water to become toxic to humans and the environment. Water is an essential resource for all life on Earth. If a water source becomes contaminated due to pollution, it can lead to health issues in humans, such as cancer or cardiovascular conditions.
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The Holuhraun volcanic eruption September to February emitted large amounts of sulfur dioxide SO 2. The aim of this study was to determine the association between volcanic SO 2 gases on general populati Citation: Environmental Health 20 Content type: Research.
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This book discusses the natural and anthropogenic determinants of the environment and their impact on human health. The various chapters incorporate both theoretical and applied aspects and may serve as baseline information for future research through which significant development is possible. He has received research grants from several funding agencies of the Govt. Malik has published a number of research papers in leading scientific journals of the world and edited Five books published by the leading international Publishers. She received her Ph.
Many of the most challenging ethical questions of our time address interactions between human health and the environment. How should we regulate pesticides, industrial chemicals, and pollutants? Should we develop genetically modified organisms for use in agriculture, medicine, and energy production? How should we regulate them? Should we use genetically modified mosquitos to control mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria and Zika virus?
From the quality of the air you breathe to the condition of the roads you drive on, environmental factors can have a major influence on your health. Professionals in the environmental health field examine how people interact with the world around them, chronicling the many ways that these interactions can impact physical fitness, vulnerability to disease, and other aspects of human wellness. Through strategic efforts to improve environmental health, public health professionals can enhance personal wellness for individuals, families, and communities. Maintaining a healthy environment is essential for helping people live longer and for enhancing their quality of life. By optimizing environmental health, communities can reduce exposure to disease, as well as to pollutants that have a toxic effect on the body. The benefits of environmental health interventions can improve life for everyone, but may have the most pronounced effect among those who are already in vulnerable health.