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Public Health

This guide contains resources from the University Library to help with your study and support your research in Public Health.

Environmental Health is a discipline that draws from multiple fields. It is closely related to community health as well as biology, chemistry, and environmental science. For this reason, researching in Environmental health means you will need to draw from sources in several disciplines. Here are some suggested search terms to use to locate materials on this topic:

  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmentally Induced Diseases
  • Health Risk Management

Using MeSH for environmental health research:

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): provides a consistent way to retrieve information where authors use different terminology for the same concepts. To search PubMed effectively, you will need to be aware of the MeSH terms used to search for topics relating to environmental health. Fortunately Environmental Health is a MeSH term but you may want to include the other MeSH terms below.

Exploding MeSH:

Many topics in MeSH have hierarchies of more specific subcategories or related terms. The indentations in the lists reflect the structure of the hierarchy. Any of these terms can be searched individually, or you can "explode" terms to search sections of the list.

MeSH Subheadings:

When you search for subjects using MeSH terms from the PubMed thesaurus you will also have the option of appending subheadings to narrow the focus of your search.