Environment and Public Health
The Environmental health proposed to refer the scientific understanding of the relationships between environment, place and human health, taking account of population and socio-economic differences. The scientific community’s definition of “environmental health” likewise has changed in recent years. Presently the definition of environmental health is much broader, and researchers are considering the effects on human health of the physical and social environment, which includes troubles associated to urban and rural development, appropriate uses of land, pesticide use, public transportation systems, and industrial development. While considerable attention has been paid to the public-health-related impacts, relatively little research has been done to understand how other aspects of the built environment impact health. This session explains the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially influence health and furthermore about the strategies to reduce localized difficulties in existing and developing centers are required to enable larger health benefits from smart growth to be realized.