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Yale: Undergraduate Students Spend Summer Learning About Environmental Health Sciences

Undergraduate students from as far away as China, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates spent part of their summer at the Yale School of Public Health this year learning about the latest challenges and research tools in the field of environmental health sciences (EHS).

The students participated in two special programs offered by the YSPH Department of Environmental Health Sciences that are designed to inspire a new generation of environmental health students, scientists, educators and leaders.

In July, a group of international undergraduates participated in an intensive two-week program known as the Summer International Program in Environmental Health Sciences or SIPEHS. Through lectures, lab tours and hands-on workshops with faculty members, the students were introduced to emerging EHS topics and the latest EHS research technologies.

The program included instruction on the developmental origins of human disease; climate and energy impacts on health; green chemistry solutions; understanding and overcoming environmental health disparities; novel approaches to assessing environmental exposures and early biomarkers of effect; and deep learning in EHS. The students also learned about YSPH graduate degree programs and career directions in EHS. Each student received a certificate upon completion of the program.

“As our global presence in the environmental health sciences continues to grow, our hope is to attract students who wish to pursue these studies at the Yale School of Public Health,” said Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou, chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology.

Also this summer, a separate group of undergraduate students participated in a program known as the Summer Research Experience in Environmental Health Sciences or SREEH.

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