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Encyclopedia of Environmental Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444522733, 9780444522726

Encyclopedia of Environmental Health

1st Edition

Editor in Chief: J.O. Nriagu
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444522733
eBook ISBN: 9780444522726
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st September 2008
Page Count: 5016


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Environmental health has evolved over time into a complex, multidisciplinary field. Many of the key determinants and solutions to environmental health problems lie outside the direct realm of health and are strongly dependent on environmental changes, water and sanitation, industrial development, education, employment, trade, tourism, agriculture, urbanization, energy, housing and national security. Environmental risks, vulnerability and variability manifest themselves in different ways and at different time scales. While there are shared global and transnational problems, each community, country or region faces its own unique environmental health problems, the solution of which depends on circumstances surrounding the resources, customs, institutions, values and environmental vulnerability. This work contains critical reviews and assessments of environmental health practices and research that have worked in places and thus can guide programs and economic development in other countries or regions.

The Encyclopedia of Environmental Health seeks to conceptualize the subject more clearly, to describe the best available scientific methods that can be used in characterizing and managing environmental health risks, to extend the field of environmental health through new theoretical perspectives and heightened appreciation of social, economic and political contexts, and to encourage a richer analysis in the field through examples of diverse experiences in dealing with the health-environment interface.

Key Features

  • The Encyclopedia of Environmental Health contains numerous examples of policy options and environmental health practices that have worked and thus can guide programs in other countries or regions
  • It includes a wide range of tools and strategies that can assist communities and countries in assessing environmental health conditions, monitoring progress of intervention implementation and evaluating outcomes
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of existing knowledge in this emerging field
  • Articles contain summaries and assessments of environmental health practices and research, providing a framework for further research
  • Places environmental health in the broader context of environmental change and related ecological, political, economic, social, and cultural issues


Practitioners, researchers and public and private sector employees
Advanced undergraduate and post graduate students

Table of Contents

The material in the Encyclopedia is arranged as a series of articles in alphabetical order. Subject Classifications are as follows:
Assessment of Exposure to Environmental Risks
Children's Health and the Environment
Climate Change and Human Health
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Health
Country and Area Specific Environmental Health Issues
Disinfection ByProducts
Disparities and Social Determinants of Environmental Health
Environmental Cancers
Environmental Health Emergencies Environmental Health Management
Environmental Risk Factors for Communicable Disease
Ethics in Environmental Health Research and Practice
Food Quality
Gene-Environment Interactions
Globalization and Environmental Health
Historical Aspects
Indoor Air Pollution: Health Effects
Ionising and Non-ionising Radiation: Health Effects
Measures of Community Disease Burden
Metals/Metalloids: Exposure and Health Effects
Noise Pollution: Exposure and Health Effects
Outdoor Air Pollution: Health Effects
Persistent Organic Pollutants
Personal Care Products and Pharmaceuticals
Pesticides: Human Exposure and Toxicity
Pollution Sources and Human Health
Recent Technological Advancements in Environmental Health Sciences
Solid Waste, Wastewater, Sludge and Human Health
Target Organ Toxicity of Environmental Pollutants
Urban Environment and Human Health
Water Quality and Quantity


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About the Editor in Chief

J.O. Nriagu

J.O. Nriagu

Prof. Nriagu was the Editor-in-Chief of the first edition of this encyclopedia. He was the Editor of Science of the Total Environment for more than 25 years, Founding Editor of Global Health Perspectives and has served on the editorial boards of many other journals. He taught global environmental health for years and has conducted research in many foreign countries including India, Mongolia, Qatar, Jordan, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Jamaica and Brazil. He has served as scientific advisor to many agencies and international organizations including the World Bank, World Health Organization, United Nations University, US Environmental Protection Agency, Alberta Ministry of the Environment, International Center for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (Jamaican government), etc. His accolades include Alexander van Humboldt Distinguished Research Award, Honorary Doctor of Science degree (University of Alberta, Canada) and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Nriagu was on the faculty and Director of the environmental health program in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Michigan for over 20 years. Before that he was senior Research Scientist with Environment Canada and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo. He is currently Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health and Research Professor Emeritus, Center for Human Growth & Development, University of Michigan.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Environmental and Industrial Health, University of Michigan, USA


"This set, weighing in at five volumes, attempts to embrace a multidisciplinary and splintered field.  The emphasis is on public health problems: description, detection, evaluation, control, and prevention.  This involves toxicology, waste management, water and air quality, pesticides, radiation, noise, and communicable diseases.  The 450 articles submitted by over 700 international contributors are alphabetically arranged by title. The articles are classified under 30 subject areas appearing at the beginning of each volume, and the set has an extensive 270-page index.  Articles range from 3,000 to over 10,000 words, and many include high-quality graphics and tables.  Each article starts with a list of abbreviations; some also have glossaries.  Similar articles are cross-reference….   Summing up:  Recommended." --CHOICE, December 2011