Certificate in Climate and Health

The Certificate in Climate and Health is designed to prepare students to make strong contributions to climate change research, policy, and/or practice. Through coursework and an Integrative Learning Experience (thesis or capstone), students will develop the skills and expertise to be competitive for challenging climate-related careers and/or to pursue a doctoral degree in the field. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue a climate-related Applied Practical Experience (practicum).

This is a self-guided certificate program. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the requirements and plan their participation accordingly.

Upon conclusion of the Certificate in Climate and Health, students should have:

  1. A strong understanding of the health impacts of climate change.
  2. A strong understanding of possible solutions to mitigate and prevent the health impacts of climate change.
  3. A strong understanding of research, programmatic, and policy tools for describing the health impacts of climate change and/or advancing solutions that address those impacts.

Summary

To receive a Certificate in Climate and Health, students will have to complete the following requirements:

Requirement Minimum Number of Credit Hours

Required Courses:

  • EH/GH 582: Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response
  • EH 586: Advanced Seminar in Climate Change and Health
  • EH/GH 582: 2 credits, fall
  • EH 586: 2 credits, spring
Electives: At least two courses from an approved list  4 credits
Integrative Learning Experience: Thesis or Capstone focused on climate and health  4 credits
Total Required Credit Hours 12 credits

 

In addition, we strongly encourage students pursuing a Certificate in Climate and Health to use the Applied Practical Experience requirement of the RSPH MPH and MSPH programs (in which students must complete a minimum of 200 hours in one or two public health agencies, institutions, or communities) to either develop more substantive experience with climate change and/or to gain more experience with tools that can be applied to future work on climate and health. 

Required Courses

Students must complete two required courses (4 credits total): 

  • EH 582/GH 582: Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response (2 credits): This course explores the public health effects of global climate change, epidemiologic and other methods for understanding and studying these effects, the public health adaptation response, and health impacts of potential mitigation efforts and activities. Offered fall semester.
  • EH 586: Advanced Seminar in Climate Change and Health (2 credits): This course builds on the introduction to climate change and health course (EH/GH 582), exploring the interaction of methodological and policy issues surrounding the public health effects of climate change. Offered spring semester. 

The first course – EH/GH 582 – is a firm requirement. Substitutes for the second cornerstone course will be considered case-by-case on an exceptional basis. For course substitution requests, please contact the certificate director or coordinator. Required courses must be taken on a graded basis.

Electives

Students must complete two elective courses (4 credits total). 

Required courses for your degree program cannot also count toward the certificate. Electives must be taken on a graded basis unless the course is offered only as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The comprehensive list of pre-approved elective courses are listed below: 

Eligible Electives - Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health  

  • EH 515: Air Quality in the Urban Environment (2, spring)
  • EH 543: Sustainability (1, fall) 
  • EH 570: Environmental Health Law and Policy (2, spring)
    *Only an option for non-EH MPH students because EH 570 is a required course for EH students 
  • EH 571: Global Environmental Health Policy (2, spring)
    *Only an option for non-GEH students because EH 571 is a required course for GEH students 
  • EH 572: Environmental Justice: Theory and Public Health Practice (2, spring) 
  • EH 581: Public Health Consequences of Disasters (2, fall) 
  • EH 583: Spatial Analysis in Disease Ecology (4, spring) 
  • EH 584: Built Environment and Public Health (2, fall) 
  • EH 587: Intro to Satellite Remote Sensing of the Environment and its Applications in Public Health (2, spring)
  • EH 590R: Planetary Health (2, spring) 
  • EH 590R: Politics of Public Health (2, spring) 
  • EH 590R: Public Health Communication for Environmental Justice (2, spring)
  • EHS 750: Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease (3, spring) 

Eligible Electives – Other Rollins School of Public Health Departments 

  • GH 538Food and Nutrition in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (1, fall) 
  • EPI 564Public Health Preparedness and Practice (2, fall) 
  • GH 569Population Dynamics, International Development and Health (2, fall) 

Other Eligible Electives 

The certificate administrators will consider additional courses on a case-by-case basis. These can include courses from any RSPH department or other Emory schools.   

We will also consider relevant classes taken via the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) cross-registration processFor example, Georgia Tech classes on Environmental Engineering Systems (Civil and Environmental Engineering 4300), Air Pollution and Meteorology and Chemistry (Civil and Environmental Engineering 6792) and Environmental Planning and Management (City Planning 8823) could be eligible.

ILE (Thesis/Capstone) and APE

Integrated Learning Experience - Thesis/Capstone: For a thesis/capstone to qualify for the Climate and Health Certificate, a main focus of the project needs to be about climate change, including assessing the health impacts of climate change, a climate policy, or the climate impacts of a health policy or intervention. Studies that investigate the current or past association between a weather- or climate-related exposure (e.g. temperature, flooding, etc.) and a health outcome will qualify given substantial effort is made to frame the findings within the context of future climate change.  Students with questions about whether their project qualifies should contact the Certificate Director as early as possible.

Applied Practice Experience: Though a climate-related Applied Practical Experience (APE), or practicum, is not required to obtain a Climate and Health Certificate, we strongly encourage students pursuing this certificate to use their APE to either develop more substantive experience with climate change and/or to gain more experience with tools that can be applied to future work on climate and health.

Eligibility

This certificate will be available for Master’s candidates in all departments of the Rollins School of Public Health. There are no pre-requisite courses for the certificate.

To become a candidate for the Certificate in Climate and Health, students must submit a formal Declaration of Intent to complete the requirements of the certificate, including a statement of interest and proposed course of study.

This declaration will be reviewed by the certificate director and coordinator for completeness. Students who have declared their intent to complete the certificate and have (or planned) all required coursework will also be contacted to provide thesis or capstone and APE information if it is not provided with the orignial submission.  They will also be added to the certificate listserv and Canvas site which will be used to announce related seminars, opportunities, events, and more.

In the student’s final semester, a completion form must be submitted to the certificate coordinator to indicate all requirements have been met. The thesis/capstone will be reviewed to ensure climate change related topics were addressed.

Questions?

Questions? Want More Information?

Let us know you’re interested by filling out Part 1 only of this form (see above if you are ready to delcare), or contact the Certificate Administrators for more information:

  • Ariadne Swichtenberg, Certificate Coordinator (ariadne.s@emory.edu)
  • Noah Scovronick, Certificate Director (scovronick@emory.edu)