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Program on Global Sustainability and Health



Master's and doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are working on important research projects that address many of the issues of global environmental change. Examples include:

Food system

Energy issues

Land use

Johns Hopkins Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute encourages interdisciplinary groups of faculty from across the University to work on many relevant projects. Examples of current projects that involve public health faculty are exploring:


Graduate Students

Health Professionals

Graduate Students

Health Professionals

Practice and Policy

A conference held in April 2007, The Heat is Rising: What You Need to Know about Climate Change and Public Health, [CP1] brought together more than 200 health professionals, academics and students to learn more about global environmental change.

A conference held in March 2009, Peak Oil and Health, [CP2] involved over 250 health professionals, academics and students, to bring attention to our coming energy challenges and the relevance of these issues to public health and health care. The conference spawned a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health,

Dr. Parker serves as CoChair of the School’s Environmental Stewardship [CP3]

Dr. Cindy L. Parker represented the public health perspective on the Mitigation Working Group for the first Maryland Climate Change Commission, a panel of climate change content experts and stakeholders established by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to determine the best course of action for Maryland to follow to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. She is now on the Expert Group providing public health expertise to the Mitigation Working Group and is a member of the Science/Technical Working Group for the Climate Change Commission.

Dr. Parker represents Johns Hopkins on the Air Quality Citizen Advisory Council to the Maryland Department of Environment and is a member of the Commission on Sustainability of Baltimore City.

Dr. Schwartz helps policy makers think about Unconventional Natural Gas Development so that policies are more likely to be evidence-based.

 [CP1]This link works. We are planning another climate change symposium this fall, when the info about that is available, it could be added

 [CP2]This link is no longer useful. If possible, could we provide a link to the special issue of AJPH that came out of this conference in 2011? Or a link to the individual papers in that special issue?  Volume 101, Issue 9.

 [CP3]Could put a link to the ESC website if useful.