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Climate Change and Public 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.
 

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

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION 

The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate courses is required. 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. 

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 Health3S-
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
330.665Climate Change and Mental Health1SI-
410.645Applying the Social Ecological Model in Tobacco Control and Climate Change3-3

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