Risk Assessment for Environmental Health
March 2007, Jossey-Bass
Environmental Health Risk Assessment for Public Health offers 27 substantial chapters on risk-related topics that include:
- What Is Risk and Why Study Risk Assessment
- The Risk Assessment–Risk Management Paradigm
- Risk Assessment and Regulatory Decision-Making in Environmental Health
- Toxicological Basis of Risk Assessment
- The Application of PBPK Modeling to Risk Assessment
- Probabilistic Models to Characterize Aggregate and Cumulative Risk
- Molecular Basis of Risk Assessment
- Comparative Risk Assessment
- Occupational Risk
- Radiological Risk Assessment
- Microbial Risk Assessment
- Children’s Risk Assessment
- Life Cycle Risk
- Environmental Laws and Regulations
- Precautionary Principles
- Risk Communication
About the Editors.
About the Contributors.
1 Introduction to Risk Assessment in Public Health (Mark Robson and Fred Ellerbusch).
2 The Risk Assessment–Risk Management Paradigm (Gilbert S. Omenn).
3 Risk Assessment and Regulatory Decision Making in Environmental Health (Felicia Wu and William H. Farland).
4 Toxicological Basis for Risk Assessment (Tee L. Guidotti and Marina S. Moses).
5 The Application of Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling to Risk Assessment (Raymond S. H. Yang and Yasong Lu).
6 Probabilistic Models for Characterizing Aggregate and Cumulative Risk (John L. Adgate and Gurumurthy Ramachandran).
7 Molecular Tools for Risk Assessment (William A. Toscano and Chisato Mori).
8 Comparative Risk Assessment (Michele Morrone).
9 Risk in the Workplace: Where Analysis Began and Problems Remain Unsolved (Adam M. Finkel and P. Barry Ryan).
10 Radiological Risk Assessment (Ronald O. Rahn and Arthur C. Upton).
11 Microbial Risk Assessment (Rebecca T. Parkin).
12 Children’s Risk Assessment (Natalie C. G. Freeman).
13 Biological Monitoring of Exposure to Environmental Chemicals Throughout the Life Stages: Requirements and Issues to Consider for Birth Cohort Studies (Dana B. Barr, Richard Y. Wang, and Larry L. Needham).
14 Overview of Environmental Public Health Laws and Their Relation to Risk (Russellyn S. Carruth and Bernard D. Goldstein).
15 Why Risk Assessment Is Not Enough to Protect Health: Rationale for a Precautionary Approach to Science and Policy (Joel A. Tickner).
16 Risk Communication (Susan L. Santos).
CASE STUDIES IN RISK ASSESSMENT.
17 Improvement of Risk Assessments for Multicontaminant Sites in the Face of Critical Data Gaps (Yoram Cohen and Adrienne Katner).
18 Intraspecies Differences in Acute Acrylonitrile Toxicity (Gwendolyn Ball, Clif McLellan, and Lori Bestervelt).
19 Drinking Water Contamination by Perchlorates from Department of Defense Rocket Fuel Facilities (Terry Gratton and Norman Trieff).
20 Multi-Pathway Risk Assessment for Children Living Near a Hazardous Waste Site (Serap Erdal).
21 Child with Asthma Living in a Moisture-Damaged Home (Myrtis Sullivan).
22 Endocrine Disruption Through Phthalates/Plasticizers (Christine Ziebold).
23 Estimation of Health and Safety Risks from Exposure to Chlorine and Chloroform for Swimmers in Pools (Richard P. Hubner).
24 U-Shaped Dose-Response Curve for Risk Assessment of Essential Trace Elements: Copper as a Case Study (Bonnie Ransom Stern).
25 Ecosystem Risk Assessment: The Neuse River Estuary, North Carolina (Craig A. Stow, Mark E. Borsuk, and Kenneth H. Reckhow).
26 The Ohio Comparative Risk Project (Michele Morrone).
27 Community-Based Risk Assessment: DDT Contamination in Triana, Alabama (Padma Tadi-Uppala).
William A. Toscano, Ph.D., is professor and division head, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), sponsor, is the only national organization representing the deans, faculty, and students of the CEPH accredited schools of Public Health in the United States and Mexico.
- Strategic fit: With the publication of a major textbook, Environmental Health: From Global to Local, this book is the perfect follow up.
- Platform: Sponsored by the Environmental and Occupational Health Council of the Association of Schools of Public Health, the absolute leaders in this field. Volume editors Robson and Toscano are recognized experts. The ASPH has agreed to send a copy to each SPH dean and each EOH department chair, which almost guarantees sizeable adoptions of the book.
- Timeliness: The outlook for this field is fantastic and makes the timing of this book all them more fortunate. Reportedly, there are tens of thousand of unfilled positions in state and county environmental health departments, and schools are working double-time to recruit students to this area in both undergraduate and graduate areas. Associated professions such as environmental law and environmental policy, also markets for this book, remain strong. With environmental health employment growing faster than the average through 2012 (BLS), the academic major of Environmental Sciences is also going to grow. It is the fourth largest area of specialization for graduate students in public health (after health services administration, health behavior/health ed, and epidemiology – see pie chart, next page) and achieved the third highest growth rate (41 percent growth) during the last 10 years of all those majors. (Souce: 2003 Data Report, ASPH).
- Leading edge – the post 9/11 world requires a complete understanding of public health risks and a way to manage and communicate them. The professional audience for this book will be significant. There simply is no single text that covers risk assessment and communications from this uniquely practical public health perspective.