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Climate and Health Certificate Program

OVERVIEW

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. 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

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.

COURSE OF STUDY

Students should carefully review the certificate program page on the JHU e-catalogue site for full information about certificate courses and requirements. 

ELIGIBILITY

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.  

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

APPLYING TO A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AS A JHU GRADUATE STUDENT

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.

APPLYING TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AS A NON-DEGREE STUDENT

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, 2, 3, 4, & Summer Institutes.

TOEFL/IELTS: Required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: None

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION 

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. 

COURSE OF STUDY

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-
550.860

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

01,2,3,4,Summer-
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 Health3-4
180.611The Global Environment, Climate Change and Public Health4-1
180.641Climate Change and Public Health Problem Solving Seminar: Global Challenges and Solutions for Mitigation, Adaptability and Sustainability31-
Students must complete two of the following courses:
180.620Food Systems and Public Health42-
180.625Community-Driven Epidemiology and Environmental Justice3-3
180.626Environmental Justice and Public Health Practice32 
180.628Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law44-
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
305.630Transportation Policy and Health2-4
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. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Certificate Program Contact
Name: Katie Phipps
Email: kphipps4@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Megan Latshaw