After more than a year of research, Dean Maureen Lichtveld has published the third edition of Environmental Policy and Public Health. This newly released edition, co-authored by Barry L. Johnson of Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, comprises two volumes addressing key environmental factors that impact public health. The first volume, Principal Health Hazards and Mitigation, is complemented by the second volume, Emerging Health Hazards and Mitigation, the latter of which focuses heavily on issues of climate, health equity and energy.
Volume 1 explains how air quality, water and food sources are impacted and why climate change is a global health priority. It also describes how policy plays a large role in addressing each of these key environmental health areas. Each chapter explains step-by-step how new environmental health issues are translated into public health policies. It concludes with practice questions to facilitate interactive learning for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in public health and environmental sciences.
Volume 2 discusses issues of environment-related infectious diseases, the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice, drug misuse and public health. New in this volume are chapters on firearms violence, transportation and noise and light pollution. As many of us have come to rely on electronic devices which generate noise and light, adverse health effects have become recognizable and require serious action to prevent adverse health effects.