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The Yale School of Public Health's Climate Change and Health Certificate will prepare public health professionals and those in related fields to address the adverse health impacts of climate change.
Students in this program will be trained to address the mounting threat of climate change and to:
- Understand the health impacts of climate change;
- Devise adaptation strategies to increase their communities' resilience to the health consequences of climate change; and;
- Communicate the health-related risks of climate change effectively to the public and policymakers and motivate positive changes in climate-related behaviors.
All components of the Climate Change and Health Certificate are online; there are no residential requirements. The program consists of three courses, each running 6 weeks. Throughout the courses, three themes are interwoven: The Impact of a Warming World: Climate change and health; Health Equity: Vulnerability and resilience; What Gets Better: Co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation. Students will experience a blend of asynchronous (content viewed at their own pace) and synchronous (live discussions with faculty and peer) instruction to ensure a rich learning experience while providing the flexibility students need to balance coursework with their careers.
Overview of the Student Experience
You can attend class from wherever you are through Canvas. Class sessions are recorded lectures taught by Yale and partner institution faculty and will be accessible during the entire certificate experience so that you can review materials at your convenience.
The learning management system is the central hub for all coursework. Here, you will access weekly recorded lectures, slideshows, readings, assignments, and links to live sessions.
The required live video sessions will allow you to connect with course instructors, discussion leaders, and peers to review topics and ideas learned in coursework on a weekly basis. Weekly small group discussion sessions are capped at 15 participants to encourage collaboration and connection.
Weekly Time Commitment
Each week you can expect to spend about 5-7 hours working on the course. This weekly time commitment will be divided among the following activities:
- Viewing lecture videos
- Participating in discussion boards and learning activities
- Reading 2 to 3 articles
- Participating in required real-time small group discussion with faculty