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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (May 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801865824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801865824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The global disruption of the ecosystem caused by changing human behavior during the last two centuries creates the need for new public health specialists who can understand environmental and social science specialists and act in concert with them. With Joan L. Aron and Jonathan A. Patz' book, the next generation is undoubtedly better equipped than its predecessors to do so.

(Jean Lebel, Ph.D. Journal of the American Medical Association)

A most useful contribution to informed discussion of global changes. Richly referenced with many website coordinates as well as conventional citations to journal articles and monographs. A very valuable addition to the literature on ecosystems and human health. Graduate students taking courses with this as a guide will have their knowledge enriched, their skills strengthened, and their awareness of the issues greatly enhanced.

(John M. LastMD Ecosystem Health)

This is an outstanding interdisciplinary text for upper level undergraduate and graduate students in studying the connections between global change and public policy. Logically written, well-organized, and straightforward, it provides an Earth systems approach to current global change studies. The wide array of references, the Suggested Study Projects, and the two appendices that provide outstanding information, are well structured for educational inquiry, and enhance student learning.

(NASA Earth Science Enterprise)

One of the first books to explore the interface between public health and global ecosystem changes. Highly recommended for graduate students in public health, upper-division undergraduates in a range of disciplines, researchers, faculty, and practitioners.


In short, it is an innovative and timely textbook which will influence the evolution of teaching and research in this topic area, whose international importance continues to grow rapidly.

(Tony McMichael Bulletin of the World Health Organization)

[ Ecosystem Change and Public Health] provides a bridge between traditional public health disciplines and new concerns, and as a model of the new generation of textx it is well worth reading.

(Alistair Woodward International Journal of Epidemiology)

[ Ecosystem Change and Public Health] provides navigational tools and supplemental resources that together serve as a springboard from which interested scholars can actively explore the issues and interrelationships that underlie ecosytem change and public health.

(Meredith L. Golden Environment)

Ecosystem Change and Public Health is an impressive text that is sure to become a key reference on the subject.

(Thomas Tenkate Environmental Health)

This important and timely book explores the interface between public health and natural systems. The increase in number of humans and in our individual and collective power has exponentially intensified our impact on the health of ecosystems, an impact that has consequences to our own health. Effective policies to deal with these threats depend upon scientific understanding of the complex interactions between humans, the natural environment and our public health. This book provides the background necessary to pursue these policies and to develop the additional understanding and information needed for the future.

(Bernard D Goldstein, M.D., Dean, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh)

Ecosystem Change and Public Health... is one of those books that has long been due. It will quickly find a place on the shelves and tables of students, teachers, and professionals working in a broad range of disciplines... As we enter the twenty-first century, the health implications of a destabilized global ecosystem are an increasing challenge to scientists, physicians, governments, and the general public. This innovative textbook will undoubtedly become a major source of inspiration for those working and researching in this area of such need.

(from the Foreword by Carlos Morel, Director of the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease)

This book has been well produced, particularly for the purpose of expanding and enlightening the teaching curricula in environmental health... an innovative and timely textbook...[and] a book that non-students can very comfortably and usefully go through—or even read in bed.

(Tony McMichael, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, Australian National University)

About the Author

Joan L. Aron, Ph.D. is president of Science Communication Studies and an associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Jonathan A. Patz, M.D., M.P.H. is an assistant professor and director of the Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Safranek on October 2, 2007
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The winds of global environmental change are blowing upon my profession. But are environmental health specialists smelling the foul air that is the future? Or, are they too busy reviewing hot dog stands and commercial dishwasher models, selling cookbooks at their association meetings, approving sprawl-inducing septic systems, and failing to make the connection between global ecological changes and the predicted impacts on their local public health jurisdictions? Is public health practice in the U.S. doomed by its under-funded focus on cig smoke and health, the uninsured, and heart-stopping fat consumption?

While this book will probably be read by mostly PH grad students, the old timers doing time in state and local environmental health depts should take a close look, especiallly chapters on info sources and GIS. For those involved in international env health work, this book is an excellent starting point for a reintroduction to the environment in environmental health work. To its credit, Calif has begun the analysis of climate impacts on water resources, vectors, the epidemiology of mortality from elevated temps, etc. But much more is needed and this book serves as the groundwork for those in the profession who have made that important connection between (failing)ecosystems and the public health of a human population. Following the book, I can see the need in CA for a statewide dialogue on demographics, migration, and local public health.

The only missing topic (due to the pub date) in this release is the environmental health impacts of war, though the chapter on cholera, which is returning with a vengence in war-torn Iraq, is highly relevant.

THAT topic may require a separate book by the time the U.S. has fully ravaged that country, but Seidel introduces this topic in Environmental Health: From Global to Local (2005), edited by Frumkin.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosana I. Wadala on May 18, 2009
i recieved the product shortly after i placed my order. thank you for being so prompt and honest with my purchase
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