Date of Graduation

Summer 8-16-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya

Second Advisor

Dr. Courtney Keeler

Abstract

Indoor air pollution accounts for the particulate matters and chemical compounds from outdoor sources that penetrate into the home environment. It also contains chemical particles from cleaning products, wall paints, personal care products, indoor combustion, and microbial agents. Mounting evidence links sources from indoor air pollution to sick building syndrome (SBS). SBS decreases human productivity, impacts learning abilities, and has the potential to trigger existing asthmatic symptoms, cause dizziness, nausea, fatigue, irritation to the lungs, etc. To improve the management of IAQ among population health and for environmental health to keep up with its technological counterpart, it is crucial to increase awareness around this subject and to provide innovative means of collecting IAQ data. Therefore, this Capstone paper encapsulates a project spearheaded by the American Lung Association in Washington which is composed of an IAQ mobile gaming application with two components paramount to its functionality: a real-time air sensing device to collect data, and a health mobile application that enables data visualization. To explore the future of IAQ monitoring system, this paper focuses more heavily on the health informatics perspective of the sensing (or monitoring) device and its health mobile application. It also aims to examine potential research opportunities that would facilitate IAQ improvements and policy regulation around air pollution.

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