Students & Training

Current opportunities:


Planning for this year? Check out these courses!

  >Spring Quarter 2024: ENVH / GH 479/579: Climate Change & Public Health Practice (3 cr., Mon-Wed 3:30pm - 4:50pm HSEB 245): This course, taught by Jeremy Hess, the class will cover the full range of activities that make health systems climate resilient and explore how to update public health practice skills and competencies to protect population health in a changing climate. We will cover leadership, workforce development, surveillance, early warning systems, emergency preparedness, laboratory and information systems, communications, research, and more. Open to undergraduates and graduates. Flyer is here and MyPlan link here. Contact course instructor Jeremy Hess with questions. 

Other courses:

  • Winter Quarter Undergraduate course:  GH/ENV H 220: Global Environmental Change and Health (3 cr): An overview of global environmental change, its connections with health and global efforts to understand and address health risks. More info here (GH) and here (ENV H).
  • Winter Quarter Upper Undergraduate & Graduate course: GH/ENV H 418/518: Understanding and managing the health risks of climate change (3 cr): An introduction to the climate-sensitive exposures relevant to health, strategies for understanding related risks, the processes associated with conducting vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation plans, and ongoing research and practice needs in the field. More info here (GH) and here (ENV H).

Networking Opportunities

CHanGE members regularly engage in independent studies with students, and the Center also supports monthly seminars on topics of special interest, hosts quarterly membership gatherings with special topical lectures, and an annual session on global environmental change and health, all of which provide opportunities for students to learn and share their work. Please see our calendar for more information on upcoming events, and join our membership list to be kept updated on events of interest.

Database of student projects

Please enter your information at this form if you are looking for a student climate project. This can be volunteer, RA, practicum, thesis, etc. We will contact you if we are able to connect you with a project or faculty.

Graduate Certificate

CHanGE offers a graduate certificate in climate change and health to any University of Washington graduate student. The certificate provides an opportunity to learn more about climate change and its impacts on health and society and to intern with an organization focused on climate and health. Students are paired with a CHanGE faculty member for oversight and guidance as they pursue the certificate. Past students have interned with the World Health Organization, the World Meteorological Association, and the University of Washington’s Office of Sustainability, among others.

Information for prospective students

Elective options



Students are central to CHanGE’s mission and activities, and CHanGE offers many opportunities for students at all levels to engage and learn. The goals of these opportunities are to develop students’ knowledge related to global environmental change and health; to build their skills in assessing, addressing, and communicating about health risks; and to support ongoing career development and connection with professional opportunities in the field. CHanGE educational offerings include classes for undergraduates and graduate students, seminars, scholarships to support travel, a graduate certificate in climate change and health, support for pre-doctoral research training, and post-doctoral training opportunities.

CHanGE faculty are a resource to connect graduate student to practicum, capstone, and theses opportunities with a focus on climate change and health. CHanGE faculty members maintain relationships with a wide range of local, regional, national, and international organizations focused on climate and health. Please contact CHanGE for more information.


Kholood Altassan

Kholood successfully defended her PhD in 2020

"I have had a great learning experience at CHanGE. I’ve been a student in the program’s classes on climate and health and pursued my PhD with CHanGE faculty. I came to CHanGE because they were excited to work with me on a project examining dengue fever emergence in a relatively unchartered geographic location with many challenges. In the course of my studies I’ve benefited from great mentorship and guidance and ongoing support of my academic and career development through workshops, conferences, and soon a PhD with lots of new modeling skills under my belt."


Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg

Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg, MPH, GCeCCH is an Affiliate Instructor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). Nathaniel is also the Exercise Coordinator with the Northwest Healthcare Response Network where he develops and implements healthcare coalition exercises that test and validate regional healthcare emergency response plans. Nathaniel received his BA from the University of California Santa Cruz, and his MPH and Graduate Certificate in Climate Change and Health (GCeCCH) from the University of Washington. He has worked with the World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization Joint Office for Climate Change and Health, USAID Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments Project, and the City of Auburn Emergency Management Office.

Nikhil Ranadive

Nikhil joined CHanGE in 2018 as a visiting research student from Emory University medical school. He is currently doing his emergency medicine residency in Fresno, California.

"At CHanGE, I had the privilege to work with some of the world's leading experts in climate change and human health. During my time there I evaluated heat-health interventions in India, traveled to London to help develop a guidance statement for modeling the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation, and served as a Chapter Scientist for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.

The folks at CHanGE made me feel like I was part of a team where I could  engage with high impact work while simultaneously receiving the mentorship I needed to advance in my career. This summer I will start emergency medicine residency at UCSF/Fresno, where I hope to continue working in the space of climate change and health." 


CHanGE offers grants to support member and student travel to present their work.
Applications and additional information are available here

Pre- and Post -doctoral Fellowships

This section will be updated when there are fellowship opportunities available. Sign up to be a member to stay updated! 


What classes should I take if I am interested in CHanGE or the intersection of climate change and health?
There are many classes to take at the University of Washington regarding climate change. The Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) offers courses for both graduates and undergraduates which are listed above. Please click here to access a list of other classes and programs relevant to climate and health at the UW.

How can I get involved with CHanGE?


Contact Us

Please contact CHanGE administration for more information on department offerings.