Name Change for the Department of Preventive Medicine
Friday, August 12, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
It is our great pleasure to share that the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will now be known as the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, a name that more precisely encompasses its mission and expertise.
The department has undergone substantial growth in both its clinical mission and in its National Institutes of Health (NIH) research portfolio. In the last two years, we have built the Senator Frank Lautenberg Laboratory for Environmental Health Sciences, established a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences P30 core center, joined the NIH-funded Child Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR) Program as both a laboratory hub and as the CHEAR network’s Data Center, and established new programs in air pollution measurement/modeling and environmental statistics. The Department also houses the prestigious World Trade Center Health Program, providing health care to first responders of the 9/11 disaster as well as running the World Trade Center Data Center, which monitors the health status of more than 30,000 first responders.
This new name reflects the Department’s multiple missions, its increasing focus on environmental health, and its commitment to understanding the impacts of environmental conditions on human health, as well as the broad public health issues addressed by department faculty.
The Department’s research portfolio is dominated by environmental health, with more than $50 million a year in extramural research funding in environmental health-related projects. Occupational Medicine and Preventive Medicine, the Department’s two clinical programs, are both branches of environmental medicine. Our Department founded the school’s Master’s of Public Health degree program and continues to play a major role in that program in close collaboration with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Our residency programs in Occupational Medicine and Preventive Medicine both require a Master’s of Public Health degree.
Finally, Mount Sinai has become a world leader in the nascent field of exposomics. Exposomics is defined as the totality of human environmental exposures from conception to death. Exposomics complements Mount Sinai’s extensive expertise in genomics, and our department is already developing innovative new methods to measure the internal and external exposome, work which we are now beginning to apply to personalized medicine.