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Climate and Health Certificate Program


Climate change represents one of the most pressing issues of our time, affecting every nation and person. This certificate program covers climate change, its effects on public health, and ways to mitigate the impacts. Courses explore the effects of energy production and climate change on food, water, air and human health, through the lens of social justice. 


Students completing the certificate program will be able to:

  1. Explain the connection between climate and public health, ranging from temperature-related mortality and increasing rates of disease, to mass migration, food & water shortages, and resulting conflict
  2. Describe policies and practices in the US and around the world addressing the impact of climate change on health
  3. Summarize the role of various sectors (government, private and non-profit) in addressing climate change’s impact on public health
  4. Distinguish between climate-related risks in developed countries and those in low- and middle-income countries
  5. Evaluate research related to climate change and health
  6. Discuss and predict how climate change will affect economics and social structures, including inequities in the risks and benefits associated with climate change
  7. Develop and discuss strategies that effectively mitigate and prevent adverse health effects caused by climate change.


All JHU graduate students are eligible for admission to this certificate program, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. Additionally, junior or mid-level professionals (ie, non-degree students) with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong academic record are eligible.  


All applicants must review the General Certificate Guidelines page, which provides important information about how to apply to a certificate program.  


Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit a declaration of intent form to the certificate program contact prior to starting coursework.

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1, 2, 3, & 4.


Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program and application deadlines. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1 & 3.

TOEFL/IELTS: Required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: None


The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements. The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar. 


Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below. Students should also check prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.  

Course NumberCourse NameNo. CreditsTerm offered onlineTerm offered on campus
All students must take the following courses:

Introduction to Online Learning- All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

01,2,3,4, Summer-

Academic and Research Ethics- All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

180.602Environment and Health in Low and Middle-Income Countries2-3
180.651Energy, Environment, and Public Health2-3
317.600Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
Students must complete one of the following introductory environmental health courses
180.601Environmental Health5SI,3S
180.609Principles of Environmental Health4-1
Students must complete one of the following climate and health courses:
180.607Climate Change and Public Health3S (2021)-
180.611The Global Environment, Climate Change and Public Health4-1
Students must complete two of the following courses:
180.608Public Health Responses to Environmental Incidents and Disasters3--
180.620Food Systems and Public Health42-
180.625Community-Driven Epidemiology and Environmental Justice3-3
180.628Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law44-
180.653Climate Change: Avoiding Conflict and Improving Public Health34-
180.670Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness3-4
182.626Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health2-3
182.640Food and Water Borne Diseases3-3
185.600One Health Tools to Promote and Evaluate Healthy and Sustainable Communities34-
224.689Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels (sustainability option)4-2
317.864Current Issues in Policy Analysis2-FI
330.609Climate Change and Mental Health: Research, Practice, and Policy Perspectives34-
330.665Climate Change and Mental Health1SI-
410.645Applying the Social Ecological Model in Tobacco Control and Climate Change3-3
575.711Climate Change and Global Environmental Stability4.5**
575.723Sustainable Development and Next Generation Buildings4.5**
575.735Energy Policy Planning and Modeling4.5**

*courses are offered by the Whiting School of Engineering

S= Summer term, SI= Summer Institute term, FI= Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain. 


Certificate Program Contact
Name: Katie Phipps

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Megan Latshaw