Environmental Public Health

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The medical and technological advances of the past few centuries have helped improve human life on Earth, but technology has also had some unintended, harmful effects on human health and the health of other living things in our environment. This collection highlights these issues, examines how we are identifying the causes and effects of these health problems, and how public health works to improve conditions.

  • Teaching Environmental Public Health: An Introduction

    This lesson designed for professional development is a general introduction to the subject of environmental public health. Explore how people's environment relates to their health and how they can learn to reduce exposure to health hazards. View videos, use interactive activities, and answer questions to explore five basic topics in environmental public health: conditions and diseases, exposures and risk, research methods, community action, and health policy. Finish the lesson by using the five topics as a framework to examine an environmental health hazard of your own choosing.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Teaching Environmental Public Health: Strategies for Healthy Living

    This lesson designed for professional development looks at standards-based approaches to introducing the subject of environmental public health to students in grades K-4. Explore challenges with teaching younger students about environmental public health and look at ways to make the subject accessible to them. View videos and interactive activities to learn more about common environmental public health hazards and think about how you could incorporate topics of environmental public health into your health or science curricula.

    Note: You should complete the introductory self-paced lesson—Teaching Environmental Public Health: An Introduction—before beginning this lesson.

    Grades: K-4
  • Teaching Environmental Public Health: The Role of Epidemiology

    This lesson designed for professional development looks at standards-based approaches to incorporating environmental public health topics into your high school classroom. View videos and answer questions to examine the work of epidemiologists, the public health experts responsible for isolating genetic and environmental factors that may lead to disease. Explore how epidemiologists investigate, analyze, and communicate research findings that can help minimize the spread and impact of a range of diseases. Finish the lesson by creating an activity of your own choosing that incorporates one or more media resources and ties into your science or English language arts curricula.

    Note: You should complete the introductory self-paced lesson—Teaching Environmental Public Health: An Introduction—before beginning this lesson.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Teaching Environmental Public Health: Human Impacts on the Earth System

    This lesson designed for professional development looks at standards-based approaches to incorporating environmental public health topics into your middle school classroom. Examine how some human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, change the air around us and how this impacts environmental public health. View videos, use interactive activities, and answer questions to learn how continuous monitoring of the changes that are occurring leads to a deeper understanding of the way in which human activities are impacting Earth’s systems, and how social policies, regulations, and technologies are being created to help reduce these impacts. Finish the lesson by creating an activity of your own choosing that incorporates one or more media resources and ties into your science or English language arts curricula.

    Note: You should complete the introductory self-paced lesson—Teaching Environmental Public Health: An Introduction—before beginning this lesson.

    Grades: 5-8

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