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Environmental epidemiology is a branch of epidemiology concerned with the discovery of the role played by environment towards protections from injuries, illnesses, growth disorders, disabilities, and death. Environmental epidemiology studies external factors that affect the incidence, prevalence, and geographic range of health conditions.
Environmental epidemiology identifies and quantifies exposures to environmental contaminants; conducts risk assessments and risk communication; provides surveillance for adverse health effects; and provides health-based guidance on levels of exposure to such contaminants.
Environmental epidemiology seeks to understand how physical, chemical, biologic, as well as, social and economic factors affect human health. Social factors, that is where one lives, works, socializes or buys food, often influence exposure to environmental factors.
Environmental epidemiology research can inform risk assessments; development of standards and other risk management activities; and estimates of the co-benefits and co-harms of policies designed to reduce global environment change, including policies implemented in other sectors (e.g. food and water) that can affect human health.
Related Journals of Environmental Epidemiology
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health