Photo showing dense smog in India

3.4 Environmental Health

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the role of environmental health as a factor in the burden of disease.
  • Identify several of the major environmental determinants of health and disease;
  • Using the exposure-disease conceptual model, outline the relationship between hazard and health outcome for several environmental hazards;
  • Discuss the influence of susceptibility, based on a hazard’s biological mode of action and vulnerability on health risks for major environmental determinants of human disease.
  • Describe the disparate environmental health exposures and outcomes in low income and communities of color.

Developed by Wendy J. Heiger-Bernays, PhD, Clinical Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health.