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Minor in Climate Change and Public Health

Expand your horizon and learn how a minor in Climate Change and Public Health can equip you with vital expertise for a sustainable future.

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Climate change is a global emergency that threatens health, social, and economic development of all peoples of the world, and health professionals worldwide are already responding to the harms caused by this unfolding crisis. As with other causes of poor health, climate change disproportionately effects the health of low-income communities and minority populations and contributes to the widening of health and socioeconomic inequities. Given heightened political and economic pressures for action on climate change, there is a growing demand for health professionals trained in climate change as well as climate researchers trained in public health.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in research, teaching, and service. A minor in Climate Change and Public Health will provide graduates expertise in climate change and environmental health, with an eye toward sustainable development that promotes healthy, resilient communities as we face the challenges ahead.

A minimum of 18 units is required to complete the Climate Change and Public Health minor.

Climate Basics (6 units) Choose from the following:

  • EVS 263 Climate Change: Human Causes, Social Consequences and Sustainable Responses (3)
  • EHS 425 A Public Health Lens to Climate Change (3)
  • CPH 402 Climate Change and Health (3)

Climate Influences on Disease Processes (6 units) Choose from the following:

  • AIS 403 Globalization and Indigenous People (3)
  • EHS 420 Environmentally Acquired Illnesses (3)
  • CPH 481 Food System Preparedness for the Global Emergency Risks (3)
  • CPH 432 Food in 2050 and Beyond: Climate Change and Global Health (3)
  • EHS 439A Outbreak & Environment Microbiology: Then and Now (3)
  • EPID/EHS 445 One Health Foundations (3)
  • EPID 479 Infections and Epidemics (3)
  • BIOS/EPID 452 Health Data Analysis and Communication Methods (3)

Climate Influences on Health Systems and Health Equity (3 units) Choose from the following:

  • CPH 230: Public Health, Climate Change and Resilient Food Systems (3)
  • BE 234: The Future of Food (3)
  • GEOG 302: Introduction to Sustainable Development (3)
  • CPH 432: Food in 2050 & Beyond: Climate Change and Global Health (3)
  • EHS 426: Topics in Environmental Justice (3)
  • CPH/GHI 427 Healthy Aging for Women (3)
  • EPID 454B: Healthy Aging in Action II (3)
  • HPS 433: Global Health (3)

Public Health Response to Climate Change (3 units) Choose from the following:

  • EHS 220: Deadly Hype: Truth in the Age of (Mis)Information (3)
  • PHP 308: Community Health Education for Disease Outbreaks (3)
  • EHS 446 - One Health Approach and Case Studies (3)
  • HPS 401: Introduction to Mapping for Public Health (3)
  • HPS 409: Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) (3)
  • EHS 426: Topics in Environmental Justice (3)
  • HPS 433: Global Health (3)
  • EHS 489: Public Health Preparedness (3)
  • HPS 459: Management of Global Public Health Emergencies (3)



2.0 GPA

Admission to the minor requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

View Curriculum Guide

How to Declare the Minor

Step One

Take time to review the minor curriculum guide and course options to ensure that the Climate Change and Public Health minor is the best option for your career goals and interests.

Step Two

Declare Minor

Complete the online Public Health Minor Declaration Form. Note: Admission into the minor does not guarantee entry into public health courses as course registration depends on meeting course pre-requisites and course availability.


Find your Advisor

See the academic advising page to determine your academic advisor (determined by the student's campus and last name). Once the minor has been added to your program in UAccess you will have access to email and meet with your assigned minor advisor.

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