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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health

Track in Environmental Sustainability, Resilience, and Health

About This Track

The Environmental Sustainability, Resilience and Health (ESRH) track aims to cultivate innovative public health scientists and engineers who address urgent challenges at the intersection of climate, sustainability, resilience, and equity. The ESRH program in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering is jointly delivered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering. Students establish their base in one of the two schools but benefit from coursework, mentorship, research opportunities and a cohort of colleagues in both.

Our students research anthropogenic drivers and other factors that exacerbate ecological crises, and interventions aimed at adapting to threats and minimizing the diverse impacts on human well-being, with emphasis on equity. Additionally, students focus on how global environmental changes affect human societies, infrastructure, and ecosystems, as well as strategies for adapting to evolving public health threats. The program emphasizes the role of context and complexity, including the ways environmental, socioeconomic, biological and other factors intertwine and interact to shape outcomes and possibilities.

Utilizing systems thinking alongside core public health and engineering tools, this program leverages the evidence base to lay the foundation for understanding the impacts of various modes of resource utilization, food and energy production and use, and other human activities. Program trainees will recognize and respond to the numerous and disparate ways in which people are affected by these threats at the individual, community and population levels by employing cutting edge quantitative and qualitative basic science and applied tools aimed at generating policy-relevant scientific knowledge and solutions.

Students will learn how to apply skills to sustainability challenges through applied research and practice activities and will receive training in skills such as communications and policy work. They will interface with policymakers and practitioners in Baltimore and beyond and collaborate with other students. ESRH doctoral trainees will be prepared for diverse careers, including work in academic institutions, multiple levels of government, intergovernmental bodies, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private industry.

Track Faculty

Meghan Davis, PhD, DVM
Peter DeCarlo, PhD
Paul Ferraro, PhD

Shima Hamidi, PhD
Ben Hobbs, PhD

Kirsten Koehler, PhD, MA
Keeve Nachman, PhD, MHS
Roni Neff, PhD, ScM
Scot Miller, PhD
Carsten Prasse, PhD
Ana Rule, PhD
Erica Schoenberger, PhD 
Kellogg Schwab, PhD, MSPH
Brian Schwartz, MD, MS
Genee Smith, PhD, MSPH


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue - See Track Requirements for Environmental Sustainability, Resilience, and Health, and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.

Tuition and Funding

All full-time PhD students will receive the following support for the first five years of the program: full tuition, stipend, individual health insurance, University Health Services clinic fee, vision insurance, and dental insurance.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Natalie Van Horn

Program Directors
Roni Neff, PhD
Keeve Nachman, PhD