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Program on Global Sustainability and Health

MPH Concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health

Educational Objectives

The MPH concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health provides students with an understanding of how human consumption and standards of living have exceeded the carrying capacity of the earth; how, as a result, the environmental resources upon which we depend have been severely compromised; and how this affects the health of individuals, communities, and the global population. Specifically, students will learn how:

  • land use (including patterns of low density development common in the U.S.)
  • transportation patterns and systems
  • energy use
  • food production and distribution
  • water use
  • and population growth

contribute to climate change, ecosystem degradation, and species extinctions and biodiversity losses, and how these, in turn, threaten human health on local, regional, and global scales.

The goal of this concentration is to provide students with the necessary knowledge about the drivers of global environmental change and the consequences for health. In addition, students will gain necessary skills to develop appropriate responses to augment global environmental sustainability through qualitative research methods and behavioral change interventions.

Click here to review program objectives, course requirements and capstone experience.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Cindy Parker, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health and Engineering |

Peter Winch, MD, MPH
Professor, International Health |