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Your Environment. Your Health.

Population Research

These topics are areas of research on populations who may be particularly exposed or susceptible to the effects of environmental exposures.

  • Agricultural Health

    Agricultural health is the study of environmental, occupational, dietary, and genetic factors on the health of farmers, farm families, pesticide applicators, and others who work with and are exposed to agricultural chemicals.

  • Children's Environmental Health

    Children’s health includes the study of possible environmental causes of children’s illnesses and disorders, as well as the prevention and treatment of environmentally mediated diseases in children and infants. Children are highly vulnerable to the negative health consequences associated with many environmental exposures.

  • Emergency Response

    Environmental emergencies, including hurricanes, floods, wildfires, oil spills, chemical spills, acts of terrorism, and others, threaten the lives and health of the public, as well as those who respond.

  • Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development

    A healthy population is essential for economic development. The poorest people on the planet tend to suffer most from the health effects from exposures to environmental hazards like air pollution and impure water. In turn, disease and disability related to polluted environments slows and blocks economic development. In addition to its toll on human suffering, illness carries a significant financial burden in the form of healthcare expenditures and lost productivity.

  • Women's Health and the Environment

    Women's health is an essential part of the NIEHS research agenda. Researchers investigate environmental, lifestyle, and behavioral factors to prevent or reduce the chance of women developing health problems.

  • Workers' Health

    The Worker Training Program supports a national network of organizations that deliver safety and health curricula to hazardous waste workers and emergency responders in every region of the United States.

Additional Topics


  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) Health Information  - Offers online articles; access to NIA print publications; and a directory of agencies, resource centers and volunteer programs.
  • National Library of Medicine Medline Plus: Older Adult Health - A section of the MedlinePlus directory geared towards health issues related to aging. Especially covers topics such as assisted living devices, caregivers, nursing homes, etc.
  • Senior Health Having a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, regular physical activity, and making mental health a priority, can help people deal with normal aging changes and make the most of life.

Men's Health

North Carolina Health

  • North Carolina Drinking Water  - Helpful information regarding the quality of drinking water in your area of North Carolina.
  • North Carolina Health Atlas  - Contains maps of North Carolina that depict county-level health and health-related information. The primary purpose of the atlas is to provide a way to interpret visually a broad range of data and information about the health of North Carolinians.
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