Lecture 1_Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences_Aug 27

Lecture 1_Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences_Aug 27

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Introduction to Introduction to Environmental Health Environmental Health Sciences: PH150B Sciences: PH150B S.M. Rappaport, Ph.D. S.M. Rappaport, Ph.D. Fall 2009 Fall 2009
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Overview Overview Key definitions Goals of EHS Basic tools Types of environmental hazards Structure of course
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Human Health Human Health Many aspects of human health are influenced by the environment many diseases can be initiated, promoted, sustained by environmental factors Interactions of people with their environment are important components of public health
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Drinking Water Food Built Environment Indoor/Outdoor Air Emergencie s Soil
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Health Health WHO (1948) defined Health as “ a state of complete, physical, mental and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
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The difference between The difference between health care and public health health care and public health Health Care = Individual Health Public Health = Population Health EHS = branch of PH concerned with environmental factors that pose a risk to the health of populations
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What is the environment? What is the environment? Everything that surrounds us is defined as our “environment”
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Major determinants of human health
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EHS has evolved as a EHS has evolved as a multidisciplinary area multidisciplinary area Applies basic science and engineering knowledge to evaluate and control physical, chemical and biological
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