Basic Environmental Health

Hardcover | April 15, 2001

byAnnalee Yassi, Tord Kjellstrom, Theo de Kok

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This comprehensive interdisciplinary text draws from the social sciences, the natural sciences and the health sciences to introduce students to the principles and methods applied in environmental health. It presents an overview of the basic sciences needed to understand environmental healthhazards, including toxicology, microbiology, health physics, injury analysis and relevant psychosocial concepts. It also presents a basic approach to risk assessment and risk management. The first part of the book concentrates on broad issues, providing frameworks for the investigation andmanagement of environmental health problems. The middle section deepens the discussion of routes of exposure (air quality, water and sanitation, food and agricultural issues). The final section addresses environmental health from sustainable development themes (settlements and urbanization, energy,industry, and global concerns). The final chapter focuses on ethical issues and action planning. Thus, the text aims to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes in environmental health.

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This comprehensive interdisciplinary text draws from the social sciences, the natural sciences and the health sciences to introduce students to the principles and methods applied in environmental health. It presents an overview of the basic sciences needed to understand environmental healthhazards, including toxicology, microbiology, ...

Annalee Yassi is a Professor and Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Unit, University of Manitoba. Tord Kjellstrom is a Director, Office of Global and Integrated Environmental Health, World Health Organization. Theo de Kok is at the Open University of the Netherlands. Tee Guidotti is a Professor of Community Health ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 7.01 × 9.69 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019513558x

ISBN - 13:9780195135589

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionBirth, Life, Death, and the Environment: Health and the environment: Historical Perspective: Basic requirements for a healthy environment: Measuring environmental quality, human exposure, and health impact: Pattern of illness throughout the world: Impact of environmental factors on health: Links between environmental and occupational health: Obstacles to and opportunities for resolving environmental health problems: Role of the environmental health professional: 2. Nature of environmental health hazardsHazards and risks: Biological hazards: Chemical hazards: Physical hazards: Mecanical hazards: Psychosocial hazards: 3. Risk AssessmentThe health risk assessment and risk management framework: Epidemiologic methods: Hazard identification in the field: Relationship between dose and health outcome: Human exposure assessment: Health risk characterization: Health in Environmental Impact Assessment: 4. Risk ManagementThe approach to managing risk: Risk evaluation: Factors affecting the perception and acceptance of risk: Prevention and control of exposure: Risk monitoring and use of indicators: Special problems in managing environmental health risks: Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of interventions: 5. AirOverview of air pollution: Common health effects of ambient air pollution: Health effects of specific air pollutants: Industrial air pollution: Air pollution and the community: 6. Water and sanitationWhy water is essential: Water quality, sanitation, and health: Adequacy of freshwater supply to meet the world's needs: Drinking-water quality criteria: Drinking-water supply and monitoring: Sanitation: Contol of water pollution: Recreational water quality guidelines: Ensuring a safe and sufficient water supply: 7. Food and agricultureHealth and nutrition: Foodborne diseases and food poisoning: Food quality criteria: Food quality assurance: Global food production capacity and food security: Environmental and occupational health hazards in agriculture: 8. Human Settlement and urbanizationThe nature and requirements of human settelments: Housing and health: Factors causing increased urbanization: Rural and economic social development: Urbanization and health: The "Healthy Cities" approach to prevention: 9. Healthy and energy useHuman energy needs: Biomass fuels: Fossil fuels: Hydropower: Nuclear power: Alternative energy sources: Comparing risks: Priorities for action: 10. Industrial pollution and chemical safetyExtent of industrial pollution: Public exposure from industrial sources: Hazards by industry: Major chemical contaminants of concern in the general environment and the workplace: The social context of occupational health and safety: Dimensions and types of occupational health problems: Industrial environmental accidents: Approaches to prevention: 11. Transboundary and global health concernsHealth consequences of war: Ozone depletion and ultraviolet radiation: Climate change and the greenhouse effects: Deforestation and desertification: Biodiversity: Acid precipitation: Transboundary movement of hazardous waste: Disasters: Global chemical contamination: 12. Action to protect health and the environmentFrom knowledge to action: Ethical principles that guide action on environmental health: Role of environmental health professionals: Index

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"Basic Environmental Health succeeds in conveying key concepts and methods widely regarded as pillars of environmental health science..."--Environment