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Essentials of Environmental Health, Second Edition

Author(s): Robert H. Friis, PhD, Emeritus Professor and Chair, Department of Health Science - California State University, Long Beach
  • ISBN-13: 9781284026337
  • ISBN-10:1284026337
  • Product With Access Code    446 pages      © 2012
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This best-selling offering from the APHA/Jones & Bartlett Learning Essential Public Health series is a clear and comprehensive study of the major topics of environmental health, including:

  • Background of the field and “tools of the trade” (environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, and environmental policy and regulation).
  • Environmental diseases (microbial agents, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation).
  • Applications and domains of environmental health (water and air quality, food safety, waste disposal, and occupational health).

The Second Edition covers new material including:

  • New chapter (Chapter 14) on injuries
  • All Web-based sources updated throughout to include the most recent information
  • Expanded discussion of the history of environmental health, e.g., contributions of John Snow, Lemuel Shattuck, and Walter Reed
  • New case study on pandemic influenza (H1N1) 2009
  • Coverage of recent environmental controversies, such as use of bisphenol A in plastics

With a straightforward, non-technical approach, the author has included many examples and illustrations of environmental health issues. Perfect for the beginning student as well as the experienced health professional, each chapter concludes with study questions and exercises to engage the reader in further study.

Looking for more real-life evidence? Check out Cases 7, 13, 14, & 16 in Essential Case Studies in Public Health, Putting Public Health into Practice.

Series Page  
About the Author  
  Part  I  Background of the Field
    Chapter  1  Introduction: The Environment at Risk
    Chapter  2  Environmental Epidemiology
    Chapter  3  Environmental Toxicology
    Chapter  4  Environmental Policy and Regulation
  Part  II  Agents of Environmental Disease
    Chapter  5  Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases
    Chapter  6  Toxic Metals and Elements
    Chapter  7  Pesticides and Other Organic Chemicals
    Chapter  8  Ionizing and Nonionizing Radiation
  Part  III  Applications of Environmental Health
    Chapter  9  Water Quality
    Chapter  10  Air Quality
    Chapter  11  Food Safety
    Chapter  12  Solid and Liquid Wastes
    Chapter  13  Occupational Health
    Chapter  14  Injuries with a Focus on Unintentional Injuries and Deaths

Robert H. Friis, PhD-Emeritus Professor and Chair, Department of Health Science - California State University, Long Beach

Robert H. Friis, PhD, earned his doctorate from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.


He has had more than three decades of teaching and research experience in epidemiology. Formerly, he was Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Health Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.


Subsequently, he was Director of the Field Epidemiology Unit at the Orange County (California) Public Health Department. Later he became a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Currently, he is Professor and Chair of the Health Science Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he has taught introductory epidemiology and biostatistics.


He has been involved in numerous epidemiologic research projects and has published more than 50 professional and scientific articles. He is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association. He is also Clinical Professor of Community and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. 


See the author as the "Expert" in Epidemiology in a short video on "Video Jug." 

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