Environmental factors cause or influence an array of conditions that contribute to illness and death. Worldwide, 24% of the global disease burden and 23% of all deaths can be attributed in part to environmental factors (WHO 2006). Unsafe water, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and the effects of climate change can lead to an increase in mal-nutrition, cancer, and diseases like malaria and cholera. Since global environmental health touches human lives in so many ways, interdisciplinary research is needed to document the extent of these problems and to develop and assess interventions that alleviate them.
DGHI collaborators at Duke include the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Center on Global Change, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the departments of Biology and Pediatrics.