Environmental Determinants of Health

Environmental factors can influence human health, including physical, chemical, and biological factors that are external to a person, and all related behaviors. Collectively, these are referred to as environmental determinants of health (EDHs). Threats to any one of the EDHs can have an adverse impact on the health and well-being of the population. These environmental threats can occur naturally, human-made, or because of social conditions and ways people live. Addressing these EDHs will directly improve the health of the population.

The NNLM will establish a baseline of understanding of EDHs for NNLM members. This area will cover a wide-range of topics that include (but are not limited to) socioeconomic factors, natural and built environmental factors, pollution, climate change, disaster information management, mental and emotional health, rural and urban health, tribal health, access to health care, health advocacy, and sustainability.

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing (CSS)

Through community science, people can be engaged in programs that can directly improve their community's health outcomes.

Classes & Training

Browse our upcoming training opportunities related to environmental determinants of health and learn more about developing and offering programs at your institution.

Funding Opportunities

Interested in programs to address Environmental Determinants of Health? Browse our open funding opportunities to learn more about NNLM awards that might support your project!

Emergency and Disaster Resources

This guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to disaster and emergency management.