International Network on Public Health & Environment Tracking

The International Network on Public Health and Environment Tracking (INPHET) was formed to address common interests and activities in numerous countries to advance environmental public health tracking/surveillance and to enhance use of these data to inform public health actions.

What is environmental public health tracking (EPHT)? Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) is the ongoing collection, integration, analysis, and interpretation of data about environmental hazards, exposure to environmental hazards, human health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards. It includes dissemination of information learned from these data and implementation of strategies and actions to improve and protect public health.

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003

A Community of Practice

INPHET is a “Community of Practice” composed of public health researchers and practitioners interested in sharing experiences; addressing common challenges to implementation of tracking; enhancing the science of environmental health surveillance/tracking; and improving our understanding of the link between the environment and our health.

Main Objectives

INPHET supports and advances the development, implementation, and evaluation of local, national, and international environmental public health tracking/surveillance initiatives through two main objectives.

  • Providing an international clearinghouse for public health practitioners and researchers on how to monitor environmental hazards, exposure and health data
  • Advancing and enhancing environmental public health tracking capacity through support of systematic analyses of environmental health data

Joint Statement 14.02.2014