Climate change and environmental health

School of Public Health researchers want to unravel how the environment shapes global health, and how to improve both human and planetary health.

The health effects of global climate change are diverse, but strong mitigation and adaptation strategies are an opportunity to improve health.

Pollutants and pathogens in air, water, and soil are all around us and are estimated to cause 16% of deaths globally each year. The environment affects everyone’s health, but not to the same extent. Low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution. 

Our researchers identify ways to reduce the size and inequity of the disease burden and better protect populations. They have a special interest in air pollution, water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), and the climate change/health nexus.

Our research focuses on identifying and quantifying environmental health risks, assessing ways to reduce these risks, and communicating these findings. Our specific areas of research strength include air and water pollution, infectious diseases, exposures related to tobacco smoke, climate change and health, risk assessment and communication, and Indigenous health and housing.