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PH 172 / PH 265: Environmental Health

Investigation of environmental health issues: risk evaluation and management, hazardous materials, occupational health and safety, and air, water, and noise pollution. Management of and advocacy for environmental health problems.

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Use keywords to search in a database

Search by topic/keyword:

First, identify keywords or related keywords (synonyms) to your topic or issue.

Will you be looking into a specific toxin or toxic issue (pesticide)?

or are you interested in researching a toxic exposure site (Richmond Oil Refinery)?

Who is the vulnerable population?  (Due to location, socioeconomic status, educational status, race, ethnicity, communication barriers, etc.) What keywords will you use to describe that community?


An example of a broad search would be (pesticides AND farmworker) 

More specific (pesticides AND pregnancy AND fetus AND Hispanic)


Potential Topics to explore:

  • Toxic Waste
  •  Smog
  • Landfills
  • Asbestos 
  • Lead Poisoning 
  • Pesticide
  • Oil Refinery 

Some additional Keywords to use in your search if you are starting broad

  • Environmental Health
  • Occupational Environmental Hazard/Exposure 
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Poverty Areas
  • Race Factors
  • Social Environment
  • Social Justice   
  • Socioeconomic Factors        
  • Specific ethnic or cultural groups: Chicanos, African Americans, Japanese Americans, etc.
  • Specific geographic localities: San Jose, California, etc