Injury Prevention and Environmental Health

Injury Prevention and Environmental Health

  • There is a large burden of death and disability from environmental conditions and injuries. 

  • There are large numbers of deaths attributable to risk factors related to non-injury occupational exposures; inadequate access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and air pollution. 

  • Risk factors for these diseases vary with stages of development in ways that can be used in designing prevention strategies.

  • There are a range of interventions that can effectively address these problems, many of which are cost-effective and cost-beneficial to prevent disease.

About Volume 7:

The substantial burden of death and disability that results from interpersonal violence, road traffic injuries, unintentional injuries, occupational health risks, air pollution, climate change, and inadequate water and sanitation falls disproportionally on low- and middle-income countries. Injury Prevention and Environmental Health addresses the risk factors and presents updated data on the burden, as well as economic analyses of platforms and packages for delivering cost-effective and feasible interventions in these settings. The volume’s contributors demonstrate that implementation of a range of prevention strategies―presented in an essential package of interventions and policies―could achieve a convergence in death and disability rates that would avert more than 7.5 million deaths a year. 

Global Mortality from Injuries



 Source: WHO (World Health Organization). 2014. Global Health Estimates 2014. Geneva: WHO.

Climate Change Health Risks




Conceptual Diagram of the Health Risks of Climate Change

  Source: Smith, K. R., A. Woodward, D. Campbell-Lendrum, D. D. Chadee, Y. Honda, and others. 2014. “Human Health: Impacts, Adaptation, and Co-Benefits.” In Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, edited by C. B. Field, V. R. Barros, D. J. Dokken, K. J. Mach, M. D. Mastrandrea, and others. New York: Cambridge University Press.

News and Events

The University of Washington Department of Global Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) hosted a one-day event focused on what a changing climate means for public health on Friday, January 27. Topics discussed included heat, under nutrition, infectious diseases, severe...
On Monday, February 22 in Sharjah, UAE, DCP3 and WHO - EMRO hosted a policy forum on road traffic injury and trauma care, which brought together policymakers and experts on road safety and trauma care to gain policy insights and perspectives to enhance the relevance and usability of the DCP3 volume...
University of Washington professor of global health and DCP3 chapter author Dr. Kristie Ebi has attended United Nations climate-change conferences, and the agreement reached at the Paris conference in December, she said, was nothing short of monumental.

Volume Editors

Charles Mock

Charles Mock
University of Washington Department of Global Health

Kirk Smith

Kirk Smith
University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

Brie Adderley

Volume Coordinator
Brie Adderley
University of Washington, Dept. of Global Health