The Pediatric Environmental Health Elective Program is open to you if you are a current nurse, resident, medical student, or public health student. The program is housed in the Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU).
Serving EPA region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), the PEHSU is one of 11 units in the United States supported by ATSDR and the EPA to provide education and consultation for parents, communities, health care providers, and public health agencies on issues in children's environmental health.
As an elective student, you investigate environmental exposures in childhood and learn to take an environmental history under supervision of Environmental Pediatricians. You participate in clinical evaluations, educational seminars and lectures, and meetings with representatives from public health agencies. Although the focus of the elective is clinical, there is ample opportunity to assist with ongoing research, advocacy projects, and scientific papers. You may request a mentor to develop your own project as well.
The practicum is designed to last four weeks; however, special arrangements can be made to accommodate students for longer or shorter periods of time.