Educational & Training Resources Program
NIEHS is interested in developing educational and training resources for students of all ages, educators, health care professionals, and the lay community to enhance their knowledge of environmental health sciences. These resources are an important part of our communication strategy that encompasses training, education, and community outreach. Resources may be directed at all levels of education: kindergarten through 12th grade, undergraduate, graduate, adult education, health care professional training, and community outreach. Products may include:
- Web-based interactive lessons, training modules and educational games that can be used in the classroom as well as in the home.
- Mobile and distance strategies that take advantage of the proliferation of applications for mobile phone use as well as tablet technologies. NIEHS encourages the development of applications and technology to increase knowledge of environmental health topics and to apply that knowledge to daily living.
- Gaming approaches to include materials for use within or outside the classroom. The goal is to enable players to develop understanding of environmental health concepts actively, at their own pace and ability.
- Educational television shows with accompanying lessons or activities (accessible via internet or print) that can be used by teachers, parents or professional development coordinators.
Resources on subjects of particular interest include risk assessment, hazards in our environment, use of pesticides, endocrine disruptors, air/soil/water quality, susceptibility/gene-environment interactions, ethical, legal, and social implications of environmental health research, health disparities, and intervention/prevention strategies.
Educational and training materials must be aligned with state and federal standards. Training materials and activities for health care professionals should include continuing education units. Small businesses should partner with environmental health scientists, educators, communication researchers, health literacy experts, or training specialists to form research teams with the required expertise to develop technology or products using the best available science in environmental health.
For more information on NIEHS Science Education activities, visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/scied/.
The NIEHS contact person is:
Daniel Shaughnessy, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/dert/sphb/staff/shaughnessy/index.cfm)
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-2506
Fax (919) 316-4606