Curriculum

We have designed our program with academic and practicum phases concurrently over both years of the training program.

We emphasize academic course work in the core areas of preventive medicine, including epidemiology and biostatistics, fundamentals of occupational and environmental medicine, health care organization, administration and behavioral sciences.

As a resident, you begin evaluating patients and developing a clinical practice at the Mount Sinai Hospital Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health.

We expect you to begin research projects, including literature reviews on topics related to occupational medicine, and to develop a thesis project in occupational and environmental medicine according to the guideline of the Master of Public Health Program.

You will also participate in the Interdisciplinary Seminar Series and Site Visit Course at the Educational Resource Center. At the same time, your coursework and seminars address practical matters in career development in the field of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and expose you to the different career paths available to you.

We emphasize clinical and external practicum rotations that help you understand the roles and areas of expertise of other occupational health professionals in the “world of work” within occupational medicine as you continue training. Additionally, you continue to engage in intermediate-level coursework within the Master of Public Health Program.

You complete a thesis on a research topic related to occupational and environmental medicine as part of the requirements for successful completion of the MPH Program and present the findings at ERC and Departmental seminars.

During your practicum rotations, you focus on more advanced aspects of occupational medicine, including medical center occupational health (at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), occupational health in New York City (NYC Department of Health), governmental regulations and law (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and corporate occupational medicine practice (BASF and Con Edison). Throughout the year, you continue with clinical experiences at the Selikoff Center for Occupational Medicine. Elective rotations are available at a number of sites and can be tailored to the resident interest.

As a resident you participate in didactic activities within the department, including Journal Club and clinical case conferences. We also expect you to assist with teaching medical students and visiting residents from preventive medicine and primary care residencies in New York City.