Program on Climate & Health

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Launched in January 2020, the Program in Climate and Health has the broad goal of fostering a diverse and vibrant community of researchers passionate about informing and minimizing the impacts of climate change on the health of people and communities. The Program is led by Dr. Gregory Wellenius and includes faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from across the SPH and across the BU campus.  

Mission (click to read more):

The increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, urbanization and worsening air pollution are major contributing factors to the health burden of climate change. Members of the Climate and Health Program are leaders in innovative and actionable climate and health research with a mission to reduce the health impacts from climate change, especially in our most vulnerable populations.

Using research produced within the School of Public Health and broader BU community, the Climate and Health program aids policy makers and supports adaptation and mitigation efforts through research translation and communication. The Climate and Health Program divides our priorities across three areas: research, training, and translation, while promoting and facilitating collaboration across departments.

Research (click to read more):

Funded by grants from NIH, Wellcome Trust, NASA, NOAA, and the Barr Foundation, program members lead research that falls under one or more of the following three focus areas: 

1) Quantifying the adverse health impacts — now and into the future — of continued climate change. 

2) Understanding how contextual factors such as healthy housing, land use, urban form, community features, and the social environment augment or minimize these impacts.

3) Estimating the health benefits of individual, household, and community-level interventions, as well as the immediate health benefits associated with reduced greenhouse gas emissions into the future.

Prospective students, please visit the Master of Science in Population Health Research: Climate and Health webpage for more information about BUSPH’s educational programs in climate and health.

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  • Check out Greg Wellenius and Kate Weinberger's blog about the similarities between COVID-19 and climate change

  • Read more about Amruta Nori-Sarma's work on climate change and mental health

  • Learn more about the people involved in the Program on Climate and Health

  • Pat Kinney on climate models, air pollution, and mitigation

  • Amelia Wesselink and Greg Wellenius guest edit the Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology special issue on climate change