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Environmental Health and Medicine Education

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Asbestos has long been recognized as a health threat to humans, because the fibers can be inhaled and are difficult to remove from the lungs. To learn more about asbestos, please visit the asbestos case study.

A Story of Health, is a new illustrated multi-media eBook that offers continuing education credits, provides the latest research on several diseases in a fictional case-based format. The first installment describes the lives of three characters and their families - Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each story features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention.


The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATDSR) offers environmental health and medicine education products for health professionals, community members, and interested members of the public. These materials are designed to increase awareness and knowledge of how the environment impacts human health. Tools are provided to promote positive health aspects and prevent and/or minimize adverse health impacts of the environment. These materials are developed to meet specific audience needs, are free of charge, and are based on the latest evidence based science and medicine.

Resources for Health Professionals

ATSDR's newly developed or revised environmental medicine education products present current environmental medicine content drawn from peer-reviewed medical literature. These products are accredited for free continuing education.

Resources for the Public

ATSDR provides community members, health educators, health care providers, and other health professionals with community environmental health education products to increase environmental health literacy. These products include information about specific types of exposures to hazardous substances, exposure routes and pathways, health effects, treatment options, and how to prevent or minimize exposures to hazardous substances in the environment.

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) are academically based, typically at university medical center, and are located across the United States, Canada and Mexico. They form a network that is capable of responding to requests for information on reproductive and children's environmental health throughout North America. The PEHSU offer advice on prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of environmentally-related health effects in children and couples of reproductive age.