Climate Change and Health

Industrialization and the use of fossil fuels over the last 150 years have had severe effects on not only the environment but on human health. The Yale Climate Change and Health initiative aims to foster research and prepare the next generation of public health professionals to meet this challenge.

Yale School of Public Health is accepting applications for pre-doctoral fellowships from applicants who seek a PhD degree in Public Health with an interdisciplinary focus on climate change and health. Successful applicants will receive a stipend, health insurance, and full tuition. Matriculation will be in September.

Fellowships will be awarded to qualified students admitted to the PhD Program of the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ( Please choose the Public Health Department. The deadline for applications is December 15. Applications from minority students are particularly encouraged, and applications from international students are welcomed.

These fellowships provide the opportunity to address what many consider to be the greatest public health challenge in this century.  The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change concluded that: 

1) the effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health; 

2) tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century; and 

3) the health community has a vital part to play in accelerating progress to address climate change.

Pre-doctoral Fellowship

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Program Director
Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology
Phone: (203) 785-2853 

Melanie Elliot
Administrative Director, Graduate Student Affairs
Phone: (203) 785-6383