Profile: Daniel Rainham

Dr. Daniel Rainham, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science Program, Research Associate with the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre, and holds a joint appointment with the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He is also an associate with the GIS Centre at Dalhousie, and holds the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health.

Daniel Rainham completed an undergraduate degree in Environment and Resource Studies (BES) at the University of Waterloo. He earned an MSc in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta. He earned a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa, and holds cross-appointments in Community Health and Epidemiology, Health and Human Performance, Resource and Environmental Studies, Earth Sciences, and Planning.

His interests focus on environmental patterns and changes as determinants of human health with the purpose of understanding how these patterns are created, how they vary in space and time, and how they are changing, particularly in the context of environmental sustainability. He also has an active interest in the development and deployment of geospatial technology in support of epidemiological inquiry, in particular with respect to exposure assessment, place and health, and environmental correlates of health. These interests form the basis for the work conducted in the Dalhousie Health Geomatics Laboratory.

Daniel has authored articles in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Environmental Health Perspectives, and the International Journal of Health Geographics, and has written two book chapters about the relationships between human health and environmental sustainability.

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Updated: February 2011