Environmental Health Tools
Environmental health practitioners use various tools to track, research, and communicate information about environmental hazards, exposures, and health effects. Some examples include: epidemiologic methods, like ecologic studies; software applications, like Geographic Information Systems; or biomonitoring, which measures levels of environmental contaminants in human tissue.
A number of programs within the California Department of Public Health develop or use Environmental Health Tools. These include the California Biomonitoring Program, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, the Division of Drinking Water and Environmental Management, the Environmental Health Investigations Branch, the Occupational Health Branch, and the Office of Health Information and Research.