211321 Engineering and public health: Lessons learned from a rich history

Monday, November 9, 2009: 4:30 PM

David M. Gute, PhD, MPH , Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Dr. Gute will review the relevant and rich history of the close connection in the 19th and 20th centuries between public health and engineering, particularly in the control of water borne disease. Such a review will benefit from reviewing the contributions of engineers such as Sir Joseph Bazelgette (London) but also in the implementation of entire public health systems as found in the work of Biggs (New York) and Shattuck (Massachusetts). He will then relate how this close connection between public health and engineering has become less vibrant with the consequence that the primacy of primary prevention in water borne disease control has suffered at the expense of population-based treatment protocols.

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the benefits of public health and engineering operating together in pursuit of the primary prevention of water borne disease.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Primary Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a University Professor having 15 + years of teaching experience and have mounted educational programs on this content previously.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.