Risk Assessment for Environmental Health
February 2007, Jossey-Bass
Written by experts in the field, this important book provides an introduction to current risk assessment practices and procedures and explores the intrinsic complexities, challenges, and controversies associated with analysis of environmental health risks.
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
- 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.