Medical School Opportunities
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued numerous reports indicating that there has been no or minimal inclusion of environmental health sciences in the curriculum of US medical schools. The Swetland Center, at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine (CWRU SOM), has placed a priority on integrating environmental health science into all aspects of medical education. Swetland Center faculty member, Karen B. Mulloy, DO. MSCH, received a Scholar's Collaboration in Teaching and Learning Award to work with medical student Anisha Garg, Class of 2019 to incorporate environmental health into the medical school's Western Reserve 2 (WR2) Curriculum. This curricular integration incorporated environmental health learning objectives and concepts into the first two years of the medical student program. The project continues to evaluate the new curriculum and to expand opportunities for medical student learning experiences in the environmental health sciences. In their third and fourth years, students can focus their research experience on environmental health and pursue other environmental health learning goals through interaction with the Swetland Center faculty and research projects.
The Swetland Center offers two awards to support medical student research in environmental health. These awards are offered on a periodic basis and will be announced when the application process is opened.
Case Western Reserve University's MPH program provides a solid grounding in assessing the needs, strengths, and resources of diverse communities and populations, as well as the skills essential in meeting contemporary challenges. The program takes a broad view of health and wellness, drawing from experts in genetic epidemiology, health policy, prevention research and systems-based environmental health, among others.
CWRU’s Master of Public Health program is part of the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences in the School of Medicine. The program is guided by:
- A comprehensive curriculum built on a foundation of traditional and emerging public health theory and practice
- Service-based scholarship highlighted by the completion of a 9 credit hour Culminating Experience, including both a Practicum and Capstone
- Commitment to diverse and multidisciplinary collaboration based on the conviction that the most effective public health outcomes occur through the development of relationships over time
- A social justice orientation including the development of critical thinking and solution-finding capacity to ensure health equity, social action, and ethical conduct
The program offers a range of courses in quantitative sciences to support analysis and demonstrate outcomes. The program offers 5 concentrations and a research pathway for students looking to continue into a PhD program. The MPH Program has a two-year curriculum requiring 42 credit hours. Students have the option of enrolling part-time, and must complete the program within five years. Eighteen core credits are accumulated in six core required courses, representing the fundamental domains of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, public health history, and social and behavioral sciences.
Students will benefit from the robust network of community partners for internships or research opportunities. Settings include world-renowned health systems, departments of public health and local health centers, as well as health collaborations abroad with communities in which we have had a presence for decades.
More information about the application process can be found HERE.
Margaret Wong Global Engagement Award
This fellowship is offered to students from any university to support summer research investigating issues surrounding environmental health. Inaugural awardees, Felicia Tang and Emma Ye, completed their environmental health research experience in China at Zhejiang University School of Medicine during Summer 2015:
- Felicia Tang, CWRU SOM, Class of 2018: Association Between Sleep Duration and Body Composition in a Chinese Adult Population
- Emma Ye, CWRU SOM, Class of 2018: Urban-Rural Differences in Body Composition and Implications for Metabolic Syndrome
The Swetland Center will also offer the Ravin Fellowship for medical students research experiences in environmental health.
Courses in environmental health are offered to the university community through the Environmental Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.