Certificate in climate and health

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Rollins is launching a new certificate program to train students for careers in climate change and health. “Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the century,” said Dean James Curran. “It is essential that we offer our students opportunities to develop the skills they will need to be leaders in this field.”  

The new certificate in climate and health will be offered to all students enrolled in the MPH or MSPH programs. To receive the certificate, students will be required to complete a two-course sequence on climate and health, take two additional electives, and complete a thesis or capstone on a climate-related topic.  

The certificate is one of two new initiatives to boost Emory’s contributions in the field of climate and health specifically. Last year, Rollins launched a new Emory Climate and Health Research Incubator to foster new research that can improve society’s response to climate change.  

“We have seen a real increase in demand from students for more training in climate and health,” said Dr. Yang Liu, Gangarosa Distinguished Professor and chair of the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health and director of the research incubator. “This certificate program gives them a clear path to get that training and complements our efforts in climate-related research.”  

The climate and health certificate and the Climate and Health Research Incubator are part of a broad portfolio of climate-related activities developed by Emory University in the past several years.  Others include a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the university-wide Climate@Emory initiative, annual student delegations to the UN Climate Talks, the statewide Georgia Climate Project, and support for the statewide Drawdown Georgia project.