Environmental health addresses the physical, toxicological, and microbiological factors present in the environment that affect human health. It also encompasses the related behaviours and is focused on disease prevention and creating healthy, sustainable environments.
Nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths can be attributed to environmental risk factors such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation (WHO 2016)
It has been estimated that 25 of the 30 extra years of life we've gained over the last 100 years are the result of environmental health measures like better nutrition, sanitation and housing (Novick, L. F. 2005).
Environmental Health at Flinders University
The Environment Health group at Flinders University is the leading environmental health research team in Australia. The team bring a unique set of expertise in environmental microbiology, toxicology, mycology and risk assessment to achieve a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling some of the most pressing human health issues.