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The major thrust of this book is the provision of Best Practices in all environmental areas for students, practitioners, and all other stakeholders so they can use them to effectively and economically improve existing programs and in the development of new programs. Best Practices are the practical applications of knowledge and successful experiences in program areas used to prevent disease and injury as well as promote good health, while protecting and sustaining the natural environment.

Although it is not necessary to read the first two chapters of the Handbook of Environmental Health-Biological, Chemical and Physical Agents of Environmentally Related Disease by Dr. Herman Koren and Dr. Michael Bisesi (Lewis Publishers, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2003) to understand the present book and how to utilize the material it contains, it would enhance the learning experience of the reader if their knowledge was refreshed or they were exposed for the first time to the background knowledge found in that book. Chapter 1, Environment and Humans, includes a brief discussion on ecosystems, energy, health and environmental problems, concepts of chemistry, transport and alteration of chemicals in the environment, environmental health problems and the economy, risk-benefit analyses, environmental health problems and the law, creating federal laws and regulations, and environmental impact statements. Similarly, it would also be helpful to read Chapter 2, Environmental Problems and Human Health, which includes information on human systems, toxicological principles, applicable concepts of microbiology, principles of communicable disease, epidemiological principles, and risk assessment and risk management.

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