The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.
For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by Saturday, November 8, 2014.
To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
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Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Environmental Epidemiology and Health Hazards
Environmental epidemiology is the primary scientific discipline that establishes exposure-disease relationships in environmental health. For example, epidemiologists determined that exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma. This is one example of chemical agent leading to health hazards. Other environmental hazards, such as air and water pollution, have been linked to adverse health outcomes.
Using your course textbook, the South University Online Library, and the Internet, research on the following topics:Significant Episodes in which an Environmental Hazard Caused Adverse Health Outcomes in HumansThree Major Historical Events in Environmental Epidemiology
On the basis of your research and your readings and understanding of the above topics, answer the following questions:Which environmental hazard, such as the pollutant or pollutants, caused the most adverse health outcomes and why?What are the various adverse health outcomes that occurred as a result of exposure to the environmental hazard?What are the steps that were taken to prevent the adverse health outcomes from occurring? Should there be any other step that was necessary to prevent the adverse health outcome? Explain.Suggest the ways to prevent future occurrences of such episodes.Is there an association between environmental hazards and adverse health outcomes in humans? Why or why not?Analyze and explain the exposure-disease relationship for each of these three events.What do you think is the impact of these events on the communities where they occurred?