Global Environmental Health Laboratory (GEH Lab)
There are approximately seven billion people in the world, but living conditions for hundreds of millions of people still need to be improved (1). It has been estimated that various environmental factors (e.g. chemical, biological, physical, and socioeconomic factors) contribute to 24 percent of the global disease burden and 23 percent of all deaths (2). Environmental risk factors for children have been estimated to be five times greater than the total population (2). Environmental health interventions can be of enormous benefit and act as an effective method to reduce childhood mortality.
1. United Nations (UN). 2010. The Millennium Development Goals Report. UN, New York
2. Prüss-Üstün, A. and Corvalán, C. 2006. Preventing disease through healthy environment; Toward an estimate of the environmental burden of disease. World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
We, students and faculty of the GEH Lab, evaluate potential factors (e.g. biological, chemical, physical, and socioeconomic) that directly or indirectly cause adverse health effects (e.g. infectious diseases, poisonings, and other illnesses/injuries) in the US and overseas (Figure 1).
The GEH Lab supports the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially reducing child mortality (Goal 4) and ensuring environmental sustainability (Goal 7).