Environmental Health Practice Challenges and Research Needs for U.S. Health Departments

Environmental health (EH) professionals, one of the largest segments of the public health workforce, are responsible for delivery of essential environmental public health services. The challenges facing these professionals and research needs to improve EH practice are not fully understood, but 26% of EH professionals working in health departments of the United States plan to retire in 5 years, while only 6% of public health students are currently pursuing EH concentrations.

A groundbreaking initiative was recently launched by state and local health departments, federal agencies, and universities to understand EH practice in health departments of the United States. This commentary article aims to identify priority EH practice challenges and related research needs for health departments.

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