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Environmental Health : Overview

Definition of Environmental Health


Environmental health is the science and practice of preventing human injury and illness and promoting well-being by:


Ø      identifying and evaluating environmental sources and hazardous agents and

Ø     limiting exposures to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, soil, food, and   other environmental media or settings that may adversely affect human health.


Definition of an Environmental Health Professional or Specialist


An environmental health professional or specialist is a practitioner with appropriate academic education and training and registration or certification to


Ø  investigate, sample, measure, and assess hazardous environmental agents in various environmental media and settings;

Ø     recommend and apply protective interventions that control hazards to health;

Ø     develop, promote, and enforce guidelines, policies, laws, and regulations;

Ø     develop and provide health communications and educational materials;

Ø     manage and lead environmental health units within organizations;

Ø     perform systems analysis;

Ø     engage community members to understand, address, and resolve problems;

Ø     review construction and land use plans and make recommendations;

Ø   interpret research utilizing science and evidence to understand the relationship between health and environment; and

Ø     interpret data and prepare technical summaries and reports




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