Defining environmental health literacy

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Environmental health literacy (EHL) is an emerging area of study that incorporates content and strategies from environmental, health, and social sciences to promote understanding of the ways environmental contaminants affect health. The basic knowledge and skills needed for comprehending environmental health risks and for devising, assessing, implementing and evaluating potential solutions form the foundations of EHL. EHL strives to improve understanding of how individuals and communities make sense of and act on health-related information about environmental hazards. In this chapter, the concept of EHL and its background are introduced, and foundational contributions from health, risk, and participatory communication are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Health Literacy
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319941080
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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  • Community engagement
  • Dissemination
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Environmental health sciences
  • Health communication
  • Health literacy
  • Participatory research
  • Research translation
  • Risk communication
  • Risk perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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