Environmental health

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Environmental health studies prevent human illness and promote well-being by investigating points where humans, animals, and their environments intersect. Environmental health scientists identify sources of hazardous agents and recommend limited exposures to hazardous agents in the air, water, soil, and food.

Our partnership’s long term goals to address and improve environment health within Ethiopia include:

  • Continual delivery of educational materials and training to better prepare the workforce.
  • Ongoing assessments to map sources and types of environmental contaminants, immobilize movement of contaminants, identify pathways of human and animal exposures to toxic chemicals and microbial pathogens, and document the real and potential adverse toxicological and pathogenic effects.
  • Improved conditions for continued socioeconomic growth.

Researchers hope to accomplish these goals by

  • Building strong inter-professional teams
  • Conducting coordinated collaborative teaching, research, and service activities.

To date, Ohio State has partnered with organizations in East Africa to form research teams. A needs assessment was conducted and a plan to develop and deliver educational material via meetings, courses, workshops, and conferences has begun.