environmental health

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The branch of public health science and practice concerned with the whole range of environmental determinants of health, i.e., the physical, chemical, biological, social and behavioral factors in the environment that influence health and disease occurrence, and with diseases of environmental and occupational origin, such as asbestosis, smog-related bronchitis, occupationally related cancers, lead poisoning, and radiation sickness, as in Chernobyl. A large component of environmental health is occupational health/medicine, which is a specialized field of public health science and practice that often involves clinical work.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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