To receive a Certificate in Climate and Health, students will have to complete the following requirements (also available on this curricula sheet):
||Minimum Number of Credit Hours
- 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
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.
In addition to four thesis or capstone credits, students must complete a minimum of four required courses totaling a minimum of eight credits, including two specific courses (4 credits) and two electives from a specified list (minimum 4 credits).
The specific required courses are:
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.
- 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; can be taken in year 1 or 2.
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; can be taken in year 1 or 2.
Students must complete two elective courses from the specified list* (minimum of 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. RSPH electives are not guaranteed to be offered each year.
- EH 543: Sustainability (1)
- EH 581: Public Health Consequences of Disasters (2)
- EH 584: Built Environment and Public Health (2)
- EPI 563: Concepts & Applications in Spatial Epidemiology (3)
- EPI 564: Public Health Preparedness and Practice (2)
- GH 538: Food and Nutrition in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (1)
- GH 569: Population Dynamics, International Development and Health (2)
- ENVS 526: Climate & Society (3)
- EH 515: Air Quality in the Urban Environment (2)
- EH 570: Environmental Health Law and Policy (2)
*Not an option for EH and EH-EPI MPH students because EH 570 is a required course for those students
- EH 571: Global Environmental Health Policy (2)
*Not an option for GEH MPH students because EH 571 is a required course for those students
- EH 572: Environmental Justice: Theory and Public Health Practice (2)
- EH 573: Climate Change Communications (2)
- EH 583: Spatial Analysis in Disease Ecology (4, not offered 2023)
- EH 587: Intro to Satellite Remote Sensing of the Environment and its Applications in Public Health (2, not offered 2023)
- EH 590R: Planetary Health (1)
- EH 590R: Tropical Environmental Health (2)
- EHS 750: Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease (3, not offered 2023)
*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 process. For 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.
This certificate will be available for Master’s candidates in all departments of the Rollins School of Public Health.