Guiding Principles and Mission
In simple and operational terms, Environmental Health can be defined as the assessment and management of “modifiable” environmental influences from chemical, physical, biological, social, psychological factors on human health and wellbeing, as well as all behaviours related to the physical, social and cultural environment.
As a science, Environmental Health is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human beings, from the earliest stages of development throughout life. It is often referred to as preventive health since if managed and implemented effectively, Environmental Health can reduce disease burden, increase productivity and reduce the demand on the already overloaded health services.
Being Environmental Health at the crossroad of environment, society and health, the ISAMB’s mission is to advance excellence in research, education and outreach, to contribute to national and global public health improvement, preventing and reducing the burden of environmentally associated disease and protecting and promoting health and wellbeing, so also contributing to increase productivity and reduce the demand on both health services and the inequalities in exposure and health. Ultimately ISAMB will contribute to the national effort to promote R&D and innovation forwards to 2020 and beyond, and to address the Societal Challenges, specifically in Environmental Health issues crosscutting them.