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CHEM Career Seminar Series:“Public Health & the Environment"

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:41 pm
by dgolden
The Fresno State CHEM Club, with funding from ASI Inc., present the Chemistry Career Seminar Series.
This month,

“Public Health and the Environment”
Thomas J. McDonald, Ph.D

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Rural Public Health(SRPH) at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
College Station, Texas

Friday, April 26th
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
AgM 102

The goal of Public Health is to prevent disease before it occurs. In this context, the function of environmental health and epidemiology is to identify the causes and measure the incidence of disease. Once the mechanism of a disease is established, health professionals in the behavioral sciences and policy management fields can develop and evaluate method of intervention.

Environmental health issues are some of the most pressing problems in rural and under-served areas, especially along the border of Texas and Mexico. Environmental health problems in these areas include air quality (particulate and organics), water quality and quantity, lead exposures, pesticide exposures, and improper waste disposal. One of the major environmental problems in rural areas is exposure to pesticides used in agricultural activities. Although pesticides are important for increasing crop production and reducing disease vectors, large segments of these populations along the Texas Mexico border may be exposed to emissions from commercial and domestic use of chemicals.

For more information please call Angelica Lopez at 8-2103.