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About the Climate Change and Health Online Certificate Program

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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:

  1. Understand the health impacts of climate change;
  2. Devise adaptation strategies to increase their communities' resilience to the health consequences of climate change; and;
  3. 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

Using Canvas (Yale’s learning management system), you will receive course materials, participate in a supportive online learning community, and engage in real-time discussion sessions with faculty and your peers. Visit our Student Experience page to learn more.

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

Program Cost

The cost for the certificate (all three courses) is $2000, while a single course is $900. Visit the program cost page for further details and information on scholarships and tuition assistance.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be offered for all courses in the certificate. Visit the CME page for more information.