L.R. Sherman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Box #1250, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY, 10029-6574, Phone: 212-241-7655, FAX: 212-348-1059, Email:

ABSTRACT Inner-city high school students are disproportionately affected by health problems that stem from environmental conditions. Also, they are not adequately prepared in Science-especially in the concepts, methods, and procedures of environmental-health science research-and are generally unaware of the career opportunities in this field. A Superfund program was developed to increase Science literacy and expand career knowledge in environmental health among a cohort of minority high school students from New York City. The year-round program features lectures, laboratory tours, seminars, investigations, and research taught by faculty and Superfund investigators at Mount Sinai's Environmental Health Sciences Center. The students made remarkable progress in terms of gaining environmental health knowledge, laboratory and scientific research skills, and awareness of environmental health careers.

KEYWORDS: environmental health, Superfund, Curriculum of the Practical, under-represented minority high school students

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