Public Health Resources

Environmental Health

























    • + Federal
      • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). ATSDR is directed by congressional mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect of hazardous substances in the environment on public health. These functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, and education and training concerning hazardous substances. This site has links to numerous resources on hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste sites.
      • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Programs This site contains funding applications for lead-based paint hazard control, healthy homes research, and healthy homes demonstration and education. Also included are descriptions of previously funded programs.
      • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The mission of the EPA is to protect human health by safeguarding the natural environment. The site has numerous consumer and technical resources on all aspects of the environment.
      • National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) NCEH provides national leadership, through science and service, that promotes health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases, birth defects, disabilities, or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment. This site includes information on air pollution, asthma, lead poisoning prevention and environmental public health tracking, in addition to more general environmental health issues.
      • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH's objectives include to conduct research to reduce work-related illnesses and injuries; to promote safe and healthy workplaces through interventions, recommendations and capacity building; and to enhance global workplace safety and health through international collaborations.
      • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) NIEHS focuses on understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease through basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers, and hosts the National Toxicology Program (NTP). This site has a variety of consumer and technical resources on environmental health issues, including those focused on children, community outreach, and environmental justice.
      • USGS Environmental Health U.S. Geological Survey environmental health science focuses on the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicologic and infectious disease.
    • + International
      • Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health (PHE) PHE works to promote a healthier environment, intensify primary prevention and influence public policies in all sectors so as to address the root causes of environmental and social threats to health. PHE develops and promotes preventive policies and interventions based on an understanding and an in-depth scientific analysis of the evidence base for environmental and social determinants of human health.
      • North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) CEC is an international organization created by Canada, Mexico, and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The CEC was established to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts, and promote the effective enforcement of environmental law. The site contains numerous resources on children's environmental health.
      • World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health (WLT) A free global web portal that provides the scientific community and the public with links to major government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, professional societies, and other groups addressing issues related to toxicology, public health, and environmental health.
    • + Professional and Research
      • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving the needs of occupational and environmental health professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.
      • American Public Health Association (APHA) Environmental Public Health APHA works with partners and members, including APHA's Environment Section, to bring national attention to environmental public health issues and to highlight the connection between healthy communities and healthy people.
      • Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) AOEC's goal is to facilitate the prevention and treatment of occupation and environmental illnesses and injuries through collaborative reporting, information sharing, and investigation of health problems. This site offers a resource library, epidemiology tools, and training information. AOEC also coordinates the national network of Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs).
      • Association of Public Health Laboratories Environmental Health The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) focuses on the role of the laboratory in detecting the presence of contaminants - both in people and in the environment.​
      • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Environmental Health Program The mission of the ASTHO Environmental Health Program is to provide state-based expertise and leadership for environmental health policy and practice to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of environmental health systems and practices amid the emergence of new issues, budget shortfalls, and a workforce crisis.
      • Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) is the National Academies' principal study unit for environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment.
      • Collaborative on Health and the Environment The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is a diverse partnership of individuals and organizations working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.
      • Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions The Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions facilitates communication among government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community about scientific advances that may be used in the identification, quantification, and control of environmental impacts on human health.
      • Environmental Health Matters Initiative A large-scale effort to work across disciplines and sectors in developing lasting solutions to improve health. The Initiative brings together corporate, government, and university leaders, along with other engaged stakeholders in this field to explore the latest science, identify promising options and solutions, and create innovative pathways toward improving environmental health.
      • Health Effects Institute Independent research organization that provides scientific information on the health effects of air pollution.
      • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Environmental Health NACCHO's environmental health programs and services include community environmental health assessments, community design/land use, environmental justice, mercury, mosquito control, drinking water, environmental public health tracking, food safety, Superfund, and wastewater.
      • National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments.
      • National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) The mission of the National Environmental Health Association is to advance the environmental health and protection professional through credentialing, the Annual Educational Conference, and technical workshops. The association publishes the Journal of Environmental Health and books on environmental health issues.
      • PHI's Center for Climate Change & Health The Center contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It engages local leaders, scientists, policymakers, health care providers and civil society in mainstreaming the protection of health. It promotes strategies that reduce long-term climate change, promote climate resilient communities, protect all people from the health impacts of climate change, and optimize health and health equity outcomes.
      • Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) TURI provides training, services and grant programs to reduce toxic chemical use and advance energy and water efficiency while enhancing the economic competitiveness of local businesses.

Asthma (CDC)   - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Asthma (NCHS)   - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

    • + Dioxins
      • Dioxin Information about dioxins and dioxin-like compounds.
      • Dioxins Health and research information on dioxins.
      • Dioxins and PCBs General information about dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyl congeners (PCBs).
    • + Mold
      • EPA Mold and Moisture Contains an introduction to molds; basic mold cleanup; ten things you should know about mold; asthma and mold; floods/flooding; health and mold; homes and mold; indoor air regulations and mold; large buildings and mold; schools and mold and indoor air quality; and other mold-related resources and links.
      • Facts About Mold Basic facts about mold for consumers and professionals including the health effects of exposure to mold, testing for mold in homes and buildings, and mold remediation.
      • Mold Provides basic facts about mold and links to resources that provide information on cleanup and remediation of mold.
      • NIEHS - Mold Information on mold including health effects associated with mold exposure, mold in the home, and information for educators.


    • + Indoor Air
      • Carbon Monoxide Safety Guides Safety guides including safety alerts and posters that can be used to help spread consumer product safety information about carbon monoxide dangers.
      • Enviro-Health Links - Indoor Air Pollution Provides links to information resources on the many sources of indoor air pollution found in homes and other buildings including cleaning and maintenance products, building materials, tobacco smoke, mold, and poor ventilation.
      • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Sources of indoor air pollution include oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products, and building materials and furnishings such as asbestos-containing insulation, damp carpets, household cleaning products, and lead-based paints. Through its Indoor Environments Division, the EPA provides hotlines, publications, outreach and other initiatives to improve the quality of air in our homes, schools and offices.
      • Indoor Air Quality State Map Links to indoor air quality information offices or programs that handle indoor air-related health inquiries for each state in the United States.
      • Indoor Air Quality in Schools Site provides information on indoor air quality (IAQ) best practices, effective management, renovations, and learning and training for schools.
      • Indoor Environmental Quality Practical guidance on how to prevent and solve indoor environment problems including sick building syndrome and how to manage buildings for good indoor environmental quality.
      • Tox Town: Indoor Air Pollution Provides information to learn about possible indoor air pollutants and how these pollutants can increase the risk of illness.

AIRNow   - (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

Haz-Map   - (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)

TOXMAP   - (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)

Tox Town   - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

ToxFAQs   - (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), CDC, HHS)

    • + Journal Article Databases
      • Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal Portal provides access to relevant scientific literature on the health implications of climate change.
      • Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries, Environmental Health The purpose of this site is to make information and evidence-based strategies related to the Healthy People 2020 environmental health objectives easier to find. The National Library of Medicine and the Public Health Foundation staff have worked together to develop pre-formulated search strategies of MEDLINE for selected Healthy People 2020 environmental health objectives as well as links to additional environmental health resources.
      • National Agriculture Library Catalog (AGRICOLA) Provides citations to agricultural literature.
      • TOXLINE Bibliographic database for toxicology that provides information covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.
    • + Journals
      • AVMA Collections: Zoonosis Update Journal articles from the AVMA scientific journals about current information on diseases transmissible between animals and humans, such as avian influenza and E.coli, and other zoonotics relating to food safety and human emerging infectious diseases..
      • Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to the effect of the environment on human health. EHP is a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
      • Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source An Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of environmental and occupational medicine, and related studies in toxicology and epidemiology. The journal serves the public health community and scientists working on matters of public health interest and importance pertaining to the environment.
      • Journal of Environmental Health Published 10 times per year by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and keeps readers up-to-date on current issues, new research, useful products and services, and employment opportunities. Tables of contents for each issue are available for free; articles are by subscription only.
      • Journal of Environmental and Public Health A peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of environmental and public health.
      • Public Health Journal Titles List of selected public health journal titles that may contain articles related to Environmental Health.

GIS at the CDC   - (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), CDC, HHS)

TOXMAP   - (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)

    • + Fellowships
      • ASTHO's Environmental Public Health Tracking: Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program Program offers non-funded health agencies the opportunity to conduct pilot projects on environmental health issues of importance to their communities, receive mentorship from current CDC grantees, and become familiar with CDC standards and resources for environmental public health tracking.
      • Environmental Health Traineeship and Fellowship Programs The programs provide travel for current laboratory staff to attend relevant conferences or trainings, or short-term (1-6 week) specialized training in environmental health technology and testing methods at another state health department, NCEH/CDC, or other state or federal agencies (such as ATSDR, EPA, NIEHS or NIOSH).
      • National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) The purpose of NEPHIP is to encourage environmental health students to consider careers at state, tribal, or local environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, benefits, and challenges of working with environmental public health agencies throughout the U.S.
    • + Continuing Education and Training Opportunities
      • ATSDR Education and Training Links to environmental public health training and education resources for environmental public health professionals, doctors, nurses, EMTs, health educators, community members, and health assessors.
      • Case Studies in Environmental Medicine Series of self-instructional publications designed to increase the primary care provider's knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to aid in the evaluation of potentially exposed patients.
      • Center for Applied Environmental Public Health (CAEPH) Distant Learning Educational opportunities for occupational health and safety professionals who seek additional skills and knowledge to advance their careers.
      • Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI) Credential The CFOI will prepare you to utilize environmental health principles and food safety knowledge in collaboration with outbreak response partners to assess foodborne illness risks, perform environmental assessments, identify contributing factors and antecedents, and implement control measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illness and protect the public.
      • EHS e-Learning Environmental Health Services (EHS) resources for sanitarians, environmental health specialists, environmental health officers, students, and other public health professionals.
      • EnviroDx EnviroDx is a multimedia, case-focused, computer-based learning program on environmental-related diseases. Case #1 concerns a child exposed to a variety of environmental toxins.
      • Environmental Assessment Just-In-Time Training This training is targeted to environmental health professionals conducting environmental assessments for foodborne disease outbreak investigations. This just-in-time model provides a succinct, "on-the-go" training for environmental health professionals to refresh their skills on a variety of processes critical to conducting an environmental assessment.
      • Environmental Health Workforce Development Training Training resources on environmental health topics, including emergency response, food safety, and vector control.
      • Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) Online courses for environmental public health practitioners.
      • Environmental Public Health Tracking Training Training modules and resources for using the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, geared for professionals, college students, high school students, and others.
      • HAZMAT Safety and Training, Worker Training Program The Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) supports the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and emergency response.
      • Human Health Effects of Climate Change Following a short overview of the causes and mechanisms of climate change, this free, self-paced course reviews current and expected human health impacts, with particular emphasis on impacts in Vermont and the northeast. Course enrollment requires free registration.
      • NACCHO University: Environmental Health Courses on environmental public health topics for health department staff.
      • NEHA e-Learning NEHA-CERT's education series offers premium programs featuring experts from top venues and organizations, including the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) conferences, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other organizations committed to the advancement of environmental health professionals.
      • NIEHS Medical Student Research Fellowships The Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences welcomes applications for 12 month Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students.
      • Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI) SWPI helps health department programs strengthen services to people that use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in these types of drinking water programs.
      • TOXNET® Tutorials & Recordings Self-paced tutorials and recordings to introduce databases available on TOXNET, including Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), LactMed, TOXLINE, TOXMAP, Household Products Database and ChemIDplus.
      • TRAIN - TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network The premier learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).
      • Tap Into Prevention: Drinking Water Information for Health Care Providers This continuing education video explains potential health risks from exposure to microbial and chemical contaminants in drinking water and demonstrates actions health care providers can take in their practices. The video features doctors, nurses, and local health officials who discuss the connection between drinking water and health in their communities. EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry jointly cosponsor this continuing education activity.
      • ToxLearn Multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to toxicology.
      • Toxicology Tutorials Three tutorials covering basic principles of toxicology, toxicokinetics, and cellular toxicology. Each of these tutorials includes a glossary of toxicology terms. CE credit is available.
      • UN CC: e-Learn A series of online courses on climate change and its impact on children, cities, human health, and public finance.
      • Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) VCEHP is an online learning series that contains 11 online courses and emphasizes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread diseases, including Zika virus and others.
    • + Resources Related to Education and Training
    • + Fellowships and Internships
      • National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) The purpose of NEPHIP is to encourage environmental health students to consider careers at state, tribal, or local environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, benefits, and challenges of working with environmental public health agencies throughout the U.S.

Career Resources   - (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)

Jobs at NIEHS   - (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH)