Columbia University

School of Public Health

Climate and Health


630 West 169th Street

New York City, NY 10027

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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 - rare in schools of public health - 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.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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