This relatively short textbook was developed as an outgrowth of "Principles of Environmental Health," a course given by the author at The Harvard School of Public Health and at the Harvard University Extension School. The book gives an overview of environmental health and may interest anyone wishing to learn about this subject from a public health perspective and about the work of public health professionals. An introductory chapter on the scope of environmental health is followed by specific chapters on issues such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, the workplace, water pollution, sewage control, rodents and insects, injury control, and electromagnetic radiation. The book ends with chapters on more general areas, including the development of standards for environmental pollutants and monitoring of environmental hazards.
The book is quite compact, forming a framework for further study rather than going into great depth about any one subject.