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Education and Training

    Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH): Summer Internship New!
    The National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia invites rising collegiate juniors and seniors who currently major in Environmental studies or related fields to apply for this 10-week Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health summer internship.

    Undergraduate students that are passionate about the environment, about health, and about the link between the two will be paired with mentors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to gain experience in the fascinating field of Environmental Public Health. Students will receive a stipend of $500 per week to cover living expenses and other basic needs.

    Intended Audience: Undergraduate students who are rising juniors/seniors majoring in environmental studies and related fields.
    Technical Level: N/A

  • EMESB Educational Products
    • ATSDR Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets
      Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets complement the newly developed or revised CSEM and GREM topics. These job aids give health-care providers ready-to-use materials to aid in patient care. For more information and access to the ATSDR Patient Education and Care Instruction Sheets, please visit

      ATSDR Environmental Medicine Education for Health Professionals
      ATSDR's newly developed or revised environmental medicine education products present current environmental medicine content drawn from peer-reviewed medical literature. These products are accredited for free continuing education.

      ATSDR Environmental Health Education for the Public
      ATSDR provides community members, health educators, health care providers, and other health professionals with community environmental health education products to increase environmental health literacy. These products include information about specific types of exposures to hazardous substances, exposure routes and pathways, health effects, treatment options, and how to prevent or minimize exposures to hazardous substances in the environment.

  • Environmental Health Nursing Initiative
    A site which highlights and supports nurses' contributions to promoting environmental health for communities and individuals. The initiative is a collaborative effort to increase and sustain environmental health knowledge and skills in nurses and other health professionals. The vision of the initiative is to create a sustainable role for environmental health in professional nursing. The goal of the initiative is to make environmental health an integral component of nursing practice, education, and research.
  • Intended Audience: Nurses, nurse practitioners, staff and faculty of schools of nursing, other health care providers and interested public health professionals
    Technical Level: Medium

  • ATSDR Environmental Public Health (EPH) Training: Online Registration
    This site lists ATSDR environmental public health training (in-class courses and distance learning). These courses provide instruction on a variety of topics related to the health assessment process and ATSDR staff and partners' efforts in conducting public health assessments, health consultations, exposure investigations, community involvement, health studies, and health education.
  • Intended Audience: ATSDR and CDC staff, their partners, and when space is available other environmental public health professionals from local, State and Federal agencies.
    Technical Level: Medium-High

  • Identifying Exposure Pathways
    The online learning program provides information on the basic concepts used by ATSDR staff and agents of ATSDR in conducting public health assessments, specifically how to identify pathways of exposure. This online learning program is intended to assist environmental public health professionals understand the basic steps and coordination necessary to identify exposure pathways. The program provides learn-by-doing steps on how ATSDR's cooperative agreement partners (agents of ATSDR), ATSDR staff, and other environmental and public health professionals can identify how persons come into contact with hazardous and toxic substances. This program is an interactive simulation involving internal and external communications, site document review, mock site review, video clip review, community involvement activities, and completion of an exposure pathway table.
  • Intended Audience: Public health professionals, health assessors
    Technical Level: Medium

  • Primer on Health Risk Communication Principles and Practices
    A primer explaining ATSDR's comprehensive efforts to prevent or mitigate adverse human health outcomes related to hazardous substance exposure, how the process works, and some general principles for improving effectiveness. This primer will also present key principles and techniques to assist federal decision-makers and health risk communicators to improve their overall effectiveness in evaluating health risk messages and materials.

    Intended Audience: Health Professionals who respond to public concerns about exposure to hazardous substances
    Technical Level: Medium

  • Public Health Assessment Overview 1 - Mission and Community
    The current web-based training course, "Public Health Assessment Overview 1 - Mission and Community" not only explains ATSDR's role in the public health assessment process; it also shows how affected community members can become constructively involved in that process.

    Intended Audience: Public health professionals and trainees
    Technical Level: Low

  • Public Health Assessment Overview 2 - Exposure Pathways and Toxicologic Evaluation
    The current web-based training course, "Public Health Assessment Overview 2-Exposure Pathways and Toxicologic Evaluation" explains how health assessors conduct an exposure pathways analysis to find out how, when, and where people are coming in contact with chemicals. Toxicologic evaluation involves estimating the amount of the chemical that enters the body and considering additional data about health effects associated with the chemical.

    Intended Audience: Public health professionals and trainees
    Technical Level: Low

  • Public Health Assessment Overview 3 - Evaluating Health Effects Data and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations
    The current web-based training course, "Public Health Assessment Overview 3 - Evaluating Health Effects Data, and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations" is a follow-up to the previous module on exposure pathways and a continuation of the health evaluation. The final part of this module explains the process by which ATSDR develops health conclusions about the site, and the types of recommendations and health actions it may conduct. The course concludes with a discussion of the types of documents health assessors may use to report the results of the investigation.

    Intended Audience: Public health professionals and trainees
    Technical Level: Low

Page last updated: March 06, 2008