Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice

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Division mission: Prevent exposures to environmental health hazards to improve the health of people in all communities through applied environmental public health science and practice

About DEHSP

The Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice focuses on applying innovative data to detect environmental public health hazards, building the environmental public health evidence base, and developing and implementing environmental public health best practices. The division is part of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. Learn more.

DEHSP Programs in Action
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Why Are Environmental Health Services So Important?

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Mission Unleaded: How to Test Children for Lead

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Asthma in Children: Working Together to Get it Under Control

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Better Information for Better Health: CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

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Where to Go in a Radiation Emergency

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How Climate Affects Community Health

More about DEHSP

DEHSP’s mission is supported by surveillance, epidemiology, technical assistance, training, and preparedness activities conducted by four branches. These branches and their programs provide critical environmental health support and funding for state, tribal, local, and territorial environmental health departments and other partners with similar missions.

DEHSP was created in 2018 as part of a strategic realignment within NCEH. It includes the former Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services and Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects.

Page last reviewed: February 28, 2020