M.S. Master of Science in Climate and Health

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Master of Science in Climate and Health

The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) launched a new Master of Science in Climate and Health (U-MSCH) graduate program in Fall 2020. The program trains 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, graduates will be able to:

      • Competencies:
        Explain physical processes that control global and regional climate, and global and regional weather patterns and extreme weather patterns
        Explain interplay between health and C2W2, the burden of disease/disability in different communities and populations associated with weather and climate, and weather and climate-mediated changes in the environment
        Examine bio-physiological responses with respect to short- and long-term climate changes and weather patterns
        Develop skills in collecting, managing and analyzing health, climate and associated data sets to quantify the health effects of climate incorporating hierarchical (including individual, community and region-specific) socio-physical environmental characteristics
        Explain the structure and administration of public health organizations and the policies that impact health programs and health services for different communities
        Identify direct and indirect roles of different stakeholders in the surveillance and management of the health effects of climate
        Assess disparities in the health effects of climate and extreme weather
  • Average Program Duration: 2 years
  • Total required credits: 36 credits

The Curriculum

The degree consists of 36 credits that includes 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 available. 

      • Core courses:
        EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health
        EPH 646 Introduction to Climate and Health
        EPH 657 Toxicology and Climate
        ATM 614 Introduction to Weather and Climate
        ATM 673 Climate Change
        EPH 727 Climate, Environment and Health—Data Integration and Management
        EPH 658 Analysis of the Health Effects of Climate
        EPH 633 Policies and Management of the Health Effects of Climate

      • Electives:
        Students complete 6 credits of graduate elective coursework, focusing in public health science, marine and atmospheric science, climate and health analytics or toxicology.

      • Thesis:
        EPH 698 Thesis Proposal
        EPH 699 Thesis

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