To prepare for this Discussion read Chapters 1 and 2 of the course text and review the websites
provided in this week’s Learning Resources. Review the media presentation “Impact of Environmental
Health.” Select two articles from your local news media (newspapers, magazines, and local online
forums) that identify environmental health conversations and concerns in your region ( CALIFORNIA).
Think about how historical events have affected the world today. Reflect on the potential environmental health concerns and how they connect to past events.

1. Post a brief summary of the two articles you selected that identify environmental health concerns in your region.

2. Then describe the environmental factors that influence human health with regard to these articles.

3. Discuss any key developments in environmental health history that may have impacted the events in your articles.

4. Finally, describe any correlations between the events.

Required Resources
Media
• Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). Impact of environmental health. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.

Accessible player
Readings
• Course Text: Friis, R. H. (2012). Essentials of environmental health (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

o Chapter 1, “Introduction: The Environment at Risk”
o Chapter 2, “Environmental Epidemiology”
o PowerPoint: Chapter 1, “Introduction: The Environment at Risk”
o PowerPoint: Chapter 2, “Environmental Epidemiology”
• Document: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, & U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2008). Healthy housing inspection manual. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/publications/books/inspectionmanual/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Healthy housing inspection manual. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008. Reprinted by permission.

o Read the Preface (pp. 1–3)
o Scan Section 1 (pp. 4–9)
o Scan Section 2 (pp. 10–58)
o Read Appendix 1 (pp. 59–84)
o Read Appendix 3 (pp. 87–90)
Web Resources
• Friis, R. H. (2011). Essentials of environmental health flashcards. Retrieved from
http://publichealth.jbpub.com/essential/friis/2e/Login.aspx?

o Chapter 1, “Introduction: The Environment at Risk”
o Chapter 2, “Environmental Epidemiology”
Websites
• National Environmental Health Association. (2011). National environmental health association. Retrieved from
http://www.neha.org/index.shtml
• National Center for Healthy Housing. (2011). National healthy homes training center and network. Retrieved from
http://www.nchh.org/Training/National-Healthy-Homes-Training-Center.aspx
Optional Resources

Articles
• Kondratas, R. (1994). Images from the history of the Public Health Service; A photographic exhibit. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/phs_history/preface.html
Web Resources
• Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health. (2004). Water’s edge game. Retrieved from
http://www.mclph.umn.edu/watersedge/index.html
Websites
• National Center for Healthy Housing. (2011). National center for healthy housing. Retrieved from
http://www.nchh.org/Home.aspx