M.S. Master of Science in Climate and Health

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The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) will launch a new Master of Science in Climate and Health (U-MSCH) graduate program in Fall 2019. The program will train future generations of professionals, research analysts, planners, decision-makers and leaders to address the intricate relationship between human health and climate, climate change and weather patterns and weather anomalies (C2W2). To quantify the relationship between the climate and its effects on health, the program will also analyze how gene-expression, individual’s susceptibility, community response, and region-wide morbidity and mortality burden are affected. 

Upon completion of the M.S. in Climate and Health degree, all graduates will be able to:

      • Competencies:
        Geophysical principles and processes that regulate global and regional climate and weather patterns
        Intricate direct and indirect relationship between health and climate, climate change, weather and extreme weather (C2W2)
        Biological responses to short- and long-term climate changes and weather patterns
        Time-space models to quantify (in)direct health effects of health and climate, climate change, weather and extreme weather 
        Management of the health impacts of health and climate, climate change, weather and extreme weather 
        Climate and health policy evaluation, and
        Health inequality in vulnerability to climate, weather, and climate health
  • Average Program Duration: 2 years
  • Total required credits: 36 credits

The Curriculum

The degree consists of 36 credits that will include core courses on weather and climate, the intricate relationship between health and the climate, climate and weather toxicology, climate and health data, including its sources, types, and integration, as well as modelling the health effects of climate and weather, and the policies and management of the health effects of climate and weather. 

The degree offers four MS CH tracks, including public health sciences, marine and atmospheric, climate and health - analytical, or toxicology. Students can select a track after their first semester in the program.

Additionally, students must also complete a thesis and will have the opportunity to pursue research with interdisciplinary faculty members from five colleges. Research fellowships are also available. 

      • Core courses:
        Weather and Climate
        Health and Climate: Intricate Relationship
        Toxicology, Climate, and Weather
        Climate and Health Data: Sources, Types, and Integration
        Modelling Health Effects of Climate and Weather  
        Policies and Management of the Health Effects of Climate and Weather

      • MS CH tracks:
        Public Health Sciences track
        Marine and Atmospheric track
        Climate and Health - Analytical
        Toxicology track

      • Thesis:
        Opportunities to pursue research with interdisciplinary faculty members from five colleges.


      For curriculum information and course descriptions, please click on the right. For the program application, click below.