Each student must post (1) substantial initial post with a minimum of 300 words. All
initial posts must contain at least (2) professional references (must be within 5
years), one may be the course textbook, properly cited in the current APA format.
Late discussion posts are not accepted in this course.
The student must also reply to at least (2) classmates using a minimum of 200 words
per reply (please don’t start working on the replies unless I provide the student
replies or tell you to do so). All replies in the discussion forum should enhance the
discussion. Non-informative messages posted in the discussion forum will not be
counted towards the required number of replies for that topic.
Explore the 2012-2017 strategic plan of the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences (NIEHS) @
(Links to an external site.)
1. What are the institute’s mission and vision? How did the institute develop its
strategic plan? (p. 16).
2. Identify the institute’s seven themes for research and exploration.
3. How did the institute determine the themes?
4. Which theme area seems of greatest priority?
5. What does the term “interdisciplinary” research mean? Who might be