EOH team publishes public health encyclopedia chapter

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Three faculty members from the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health wrote a chapter for the International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition that published on November 3, 2016.

The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition is a comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods, and approaches of global public health. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the new edition combines complementary scientific fields of inquiry, linking biomedical research with the social and life sciences to address the major themes of public health.

Cover photo of the International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition.

Cover photo of the International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition.

The team consisting of Dr. Marie Bourgeois, research assistant professor; Dr. Giffe Johnson, research assistant professor; and Dr. Ray Harbison, professor; wrote on the fundamental principles for conducting human health risk assessment. They are also lead faculty with the COPH’s Center for Environmental/Occupational Risk Analysis and Management.

Within the chapter, they discuss the purpose and limitations of human health risk assessment, the data streams and methods used in risk assessment, and advancements that are currently emerging in the field.

The group was invited to contribute to the second edition of the public health encyclopedia based on their experiences and previous publications in the field of human health risk assessment.

“This topic is a fundamental tool of public health that would need to be explored in an Encyclopedia of Public Health,” Johnson said. “As such, we were invited to provide the necessary background for public health professionals in the area of Human Health Risk Assessment.”

From the left: Dr. Ray Harbison, Dr. Marie Bourgeois and Dr. Giffe Johnson (Photos courtesy of the USF COPH).

From the left: Dr. Ray Harbison, Dr. Marie Bourgeois and Dr. Giffe Johnson (Photos courtesy of the USF COPH).

After accepting the charge to draft the chapter, the team was provided three months to assemble the content. Their work was then submitted for editorial/peer review by the publisher, and ultimately selected to be included in the final publication.

“It was a great pleasure to provide an accurate perspective on the process of human health risk assessment and guidance on how to interpret the outcomes of this process,” Johnson said. “We hope it will be instructional for public health practitioners who may lack specific training in this area.”

Bourgeois, M., Johnson, G., Harbison, R., 2017. Human Health Risk Assessment. In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd edition. vol. 4, pp. 84–94. Oxford: Academic Press.

Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health

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