The Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was founded in 1996 to research and communicate the connections between human health and the environment, and to accelerate the changes needed to ensure a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future. The Center is an official Collaborating Center of the U.N. Environmental Programme. The Center translates the often abstract and technical terms of environmental and medical science into everyday language and creates unique, high-quality reports and articles, and award-winning digital learning tools, classroom curricula, videos, and books. Additionally, the Center engages global audiences through media appearances, online courses, public lectures, symposia, webinars, and conferences.
For over 15 years, the Center has offered the graduate level course, Human Health and Global Environmental Change, establishing a reputation as the leading educator, both in the U.S. and around the world, in this area of expertise. Taught by Center faculty and leading experts in the field at Harvard University and beyond, the course covers a variety of environmental topics and their impact on human health and is based on current, credible scientific research. The course is also available online through the Harvard Extension School.
The Center develops teaching resources for K-12 formal and informal educators, including lesson plans and activities, digital learning tools, films, books, and exhibits in addition to its active lecture, conference and teacher professional development workshop offerings. These activities and materials, all aligned with National Science Education Standards, inform educators and their students about the human health consequences of environmental change in order to foster a healthy, sustainable future.