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Global Environmental Sustainability & Health

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Chuka Anude
I have always wanted to be a hand and a voice; a hand to help hurting people and a voice for the voiceless. This led me to medicine and now to public health... Read More
Priya Mehra
For me the Bloomberg School is a place for greater self-discovery. My background in public health... Read More
Tom Edling
I have a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, DVM from Colorado State University, and a... Read More
Jennifer Cohn
I am currently an instructor in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania... Read More
Somnazu Nwanze
I am a medical doctor, who graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria. My latest assignment was with the Nigerian Youth Corps... Read More
Olga Joos
Born in Florida, but raised in both Europe and the U.S., I have a strong love for traveling which now compliments my interest in public health... Read More
Gregory Tung
The online MPH is a versatile degree that has been key in my professional development. I entered the program while working full-time as a hospital administrator... Read More
Jung-Im Shin
Who would have thought that I would end up at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health? Certainly not me... Read More
Luca Passerini
I am an Italian Medical Doctor with a passion for global health and social entrepreneurship, focusing on poverty-related diseases, child health and humanitarian action... Read More
Marie Curry
I began the part-time MPH program with the goal of using my research and analytical skills to further policies that improve health... Read More
Daniel Ehlman
I earned my MPH concentrating my coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a capstone project analyzing malaria data from Tanzania... Read More
I want to be on the front lines in the battle against global infectious diseases.
-Kevin Conley

There is little doubt that challenges to environmental sustainability are among the most difficult that humanity has ever faced and these will shape all aspects of human endeavor in the decades to come.

The MPH concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health provides students with an understanding of how human consumption and standards of living have exceeded the carrying capacity of the earth; how, as a result, the environmental resources upon which we depend have been severely compromised; and how this affects the health of individuals, communities, and the global population.

Specifically, students will learn how land use (including patterns of suburban sprawl), transportation patterns and systems, energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth contribute to climate change, ecosystem degradation, and species extinctions and biodiversity losses, and how these, in turn, threaten human health on local, regional, and global scales.

The goal of this concentration is to provide students with the necessary knowledge about the drivers of global environmental change and the consequences for health. In addition, students will gain necessary skills to develop appropriate responses to these challenges for global environmental sustainability through qualitative research methods and behavioral change interventions.


  1. 1.     Acquire key knowledge of the drivers of global environmental change and possible responses on local, regional, and global scales:
    1. Identify the five main drivers of global environmental change: land use, energy use, food use (i.e., food production and distribution), water use, and population growth.
    2. Explain how these drivers interact with each other to result in global environmental consequences such as climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, and species extinctions.
    3. Describe the complexities and interrelationships of these drivers and their environmental and public health consequences.
    4. Explain the implications of the consequences to individual, community, and global health.
    5. Compare and contrast potential solutions or responses to ensure global sustainability and improved health in the context of the complicating challenges of the coming era of energy scarcity, U.S. federal indebtedness, and myriad political obstacles.
    6. Describe the types of organizations and businesses working on addressing the problem of global environmental change, and the approaches each type is taking to producing change.
  2. Develop a set of intervention skills to change behavior.
    1. Present information on global environmental change and possible responses for a range of audiences (e.g., professional groups, community organizations, schools).
    2. Select models and theories relevant to the design of behavior change interventions for different groups and behaviors, and apply them in design of the intervention.
    3. Develop a plan for behavior change communication for behaviors related to sustainable use of the environment.

Course of Study

Students are required to complete all of the following courses:
180.611The Global Environment & Public Health4 credits1st term
224.689Health Behavior Change and the Individual, Household and Community Levels*4 credits2nd term
188.688Global Environmental Sustainability & Health Seminar1 credit2nd term, 4th Term
180.651Energy, Environment and Public Health2 credits3rd term
Students are required to take one of the following courses:
180.620Food Production, Public Health & the Environment4 credits2nd term, Internet Only
222.654Food, Culture, and Nutrition4 credits4th term
180.655Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study of Urban Food Environments4 credits3rd term
The following courses are recommended but not required.
These courses do not fulfill credit requirements of the concentration but do contain relevant content or skills.
221.611Food/Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies2 credits4th term
410.633Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory & Practice3 credits4th term
182.626Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health2 credits3rd term
221.624Urban Health in Developing Countries3 credits4th term, Internet Only
182.640Food- & Water- borne Diseases*3 credits3rd term
410.654Health Communication Programs I: Planning & Strategic Design4 credits3rd term
410.655Health Communication Programs II: Implementation & Evaluation4 credits4th term
224.690Qualitative Research I: Theory & Methods5 credits3rd term
224.691Qualitative Research II: Data Analysis5 credits4th term
305.684Health Impact Assessment3 credits4th term

* Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Capstone Experience

The MPH capstone experience in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills and competencies they have learned to a global environmental sustainability and public health problem that is of particular interest to them. During the 3rd term, students will register for 2 credits of special studies research (XXX.840) for the capstone experience under the supervision of a growing list of concentration-affiliated faculty mentors. In the 4th term, students are required to register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800). The special studies research and informal lunchtime meetings of the concentration will take the place of the sustainability seminar during 3rd term.

The capstone can also involve participating in faculty research related to the global environmental and sustainability, working with the Center for a Livable Future or the Center for Water and Health, or collaborating with local organizations engaged in action to address these issues. The resulting paper from the capstone experience will satisfy MPH capstone requirements and will be of publishable quality.

The capstone projects will be presented at a specially-scheduled concentration capstone symposium, depending on the number of students.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Cindy Parker, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, 443-287-6734,

Peter Winch, MD, MPH, Professor, International Health, 410-955-9854,