Conducting Environmental Health Assessments

Environmental Health
Informational Brief
40 minutes
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina PERLC

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This issue of FOCUS offered by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health discusses how to conduct an environmental health assessment, including how to identify practices or conditions that contributed to an outbreak and ways to implement control measures to prevent the problem from happening again.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Define the goals of an environmental health assessment and the factors that lead to contamination, survival, and growth of the causative agent
  • Describe the steps for conducting an environmental health assessment, including gathering sources of information and creating a flow chart
  • Discuss who should conduct an environmental health assessment and when it should be conducted
  • Provide examples of recent outbreak investigations in which an environmental health assessment was conducted
PHEP Capabilities: 
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation