Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health is a leader in environmental and community health, epidemiology, environmental pediatrics, and preventive and occupational medicine.

Our department is deeply committed to the prevention of diseases with environmental origins, and we are shaping the future of environmental health research, clinical practice, and training the next generation of leaders in this field. 

Today, we are leading in the emerging field of exposomics, and our pioneering research programs are investigating a broad range of early environmental exposures and their impacts on health and development throughout life.

Our interdisciplinary approach builds on a legacy of excellence of more than 50 years. We continue to bring together world-class researchers, clinicians, and trainees that are making discoveries in the lab that will translate to new interventions and treatments in patient care.

Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, welcomes visitors to our department and highlights our deep commitment to environmental medicine and public health.

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Our standout, interdisciplinary team of physicians and scientists is dedicated to making major advances in understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating environmental, occupational, and other preventable diseases and conditions.

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Our Department offers a variety of rich educational experiences for medical and graduate students and for trainees, through both domestic and international programs.

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Our Department houses seven divisions: Biostatistics, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health, General Preventive Medicine, International Health, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, as well as Social Work and Behavioral Sciences. Each with its own specific focus and methodology, our divisions advance the field of environmental medicine and public health for our local and global communities.

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Our faculty includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, scientists, and investigative educators who are passionate about advancing environmental medicine and public health.

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The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai stands for equity for all, irrespective of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, familial status, military service, political beliefs, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues and patients.

As public health professionals with a commitment to environmental health, equity, and justice, we have the responsibility to address the ways in which institutionalized racism contributes to health inequities in Black and Brown communities. We know from decades of research that low-income, BIPOC individuals disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental toxins, pollution, and climate change that lead to adverse health outcomes. To address these and other injustices, we must examine all the ways systemic racism manifests, including physical violence and the denial of equal access to basic human rights. We openly condemn and commit to dismantling systems of oppression that deny BIPOC communities equitable access to health care, food, housing, employment, education, and healthy environments. Racism is a public health crisis that is the root cause of all these problems. Racism must be addressed in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all people.

We call upon our colleagues to share accountability and make space to learn and unlearn the ways in which we have been complicit in perpetuating anti-blackness and systems of oppression that knowingly and unknowingly favor white people. It is our responsibility to prove through our actions, in our workplace, our research, our clinical services, community collaborations, and policy initiatives that we are committed to implementing anti-racism. We will not remain silent or passive on this issue.

Our Commitment:

  • We will commit resources to combat discrimination in all its forms.
  • We will educate ourselves on anti-racism and prepare our trainees to combat systemic racism to promote change.
  • We will continue to build community partnerships to ensure the care we deliver reflects the needs of the communities we serve.
  • We will advocate for BIPOC patients in both words and actions.
  • We will respect and support our BIPOC trainees, faculty, and staff, and increase their numbers to levels that better represent the population of New York City. We will also support their advancement into leadership positions in academia.
  • We will work to end racially and financially separate and unequal care within our institution.

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The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health has made major strides in our field, earning an international reputation for excellence and global health leadership.

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