Assessment of the Desirability Levels of Environmental Health in Rural Areas: A Case Study of Lorestan Province Villages

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Humanities, Tarbiat Modares University,Tehran,Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Humanities, Tarbiat Modares University,Tehran,Iran.

3 Professor, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Humanities, Tarbiat Modares University,Tehran, Iran.


An analysis of international organizations reflects the centrality of health as a key indicator of sustainable development. Today, environmental quality of health has become one of the most important issues in rural settlements. In other words, in the literature on development and its related approaches, the issue of environmental health and efforts to promote this indicator is of paramount importance at the level of rural communities. The method is a library-based quantitative study and data were collected based on documentary analysis and field survey. Based on this, the components and health records of environmental quality were identified as the basis for developing the questionnaire as the main tool for research in field studies. Based on the five priority classes of Prescott Allen's utility survey in the economic dimension of 28 villages, some villages are in a potentially poor situation (poor utility). In the social dimension of the total number of studied villages, 20 were undesirable villages, six villages were in the unfavorable condition (weak utility) and four also had a moderate utility. Regarding the physical utility, 23 villages were in a state of complete disadvantage, six villages were in a poor potential situation (poor utility) and 1 village had a moderate utility. However, in terms of environmental sustainability, 22 villages were in a state of complete disadvantage and eight villages in a state of poor potential status (poor utility).


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