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Last Edited: 6/11/2008

What is a community health study and potential challenges of conducting one?

A community health study can help suggest a link between an environmental exposure and illness. A health study requires careful methods of measuring exposure and illness. Visit this website, http://www.communityhealthstudies.org, to learn more about the challenges of conducting environmental health studies in small communities. This site includes the step by step process by which epidemiologists decide whether it is appropriate to conduct a health study, examples of health studies that were actually conducted, and a study power calculator. The site complements the epidemiology information with sections covering the basics about environmental health and agencies involved in environmental health. It also provides activities and resources other than health studies than can help communities identify and achieve their goals.