Climate and Health Graduate Certificate

Columbia University

Date Posted: May 30, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Air & Climate
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Graduate Certificate/Diploma


Climate variability and change pose complex risks to our health. Dramatic examples can be found in the headlines: a powerful tropical storm sweeps in with such force that hundreds of thousands are left homeless and sanitation systems are destroyed. Less dramatic but equally troubling is the gradual impact of long-term change: warming trends, for example, that bring shifts in infectious disease transmission patterns and more frequent heat waves.

Designing public health interventions to address climate-related health issues like these has been hampered by a shortage of professionals possessing the ability to translate climate and health science into action. The Climate and Health Certificate aims to help fill that training gap. This dynamic program will provide a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners the tools needed to understand, anticipate, and prevent adverse health consequences from climate variability and change.

Graduates have a range of career options at state and city health departments, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, consulting firms, NGOs, and corporations.

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