Students & Training

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. See below for more details about each.

Classes

CHanGE supports several curricular offerings related to global environmental change and health. For undergraduates and those new to the field we offer “Global Environmental Change and Health” (GH/ENV H 220), which provides an overview of global environmental change, its connections with health and global efforts to understand and address health risks. For upper level undergraduates and graduate students we offer “Managing the health risks of climate change” (GH/ ENV H 418-518), 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. CHanGE members also regularly engage in independent studies with students, and the center also supports regular monthly breakfast 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.

Practicums, Capstones, and Theses

CHanGE facilitates and helps manage graduate student placements for practicums, capstones, and theses with a focus on climate change and health. These placements are for students who want to make climate and health a focus of their graduate studies. CHanGE faculty members maintain relationships with a wide range of local, regional, national, and international organizations focused on climate and health and has placed students in a wide range of organizations. Students and their faculty mentors have developed a wide range of scholarly products through these engagements, and several students have gone on to work for the organizations where they were placed both domestically and abroad. Please contact CHanGE for more information on current opportunities. 

Scholarships

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

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.
The online application is available here

Pre-doctoral Fellowships

CHanGE has a number of ongoing research projects and provides pre-doctoral training support to PhD students at the University who work closely with CHanGE faculty members. Most CHanGE pre-doctoral fellowships provide support to PhD students in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and the Department of Global Health (DGH). In certain circumstances PhD students have also been supported in other departments, including those outside the School of Public Health, such as the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Fellowship duration depends on the nature of the project, the funding available, and the nature of the student’s engagement with the research activity. Fellowships are offered in conjunction with sponsoring departments. Interested students should apply to the PhD program of interest and contact CHanGE administrators to express interest in a pre-doctoral fellowship. Information on the DEOHS PhD program is here and DGH here.

Post-doctoral Fellowships

CHanGE supports post-doctoral training opportunities for recently graduated PhDs from a variety of disciplines and MDs with training in emergency medicine. CHanGE administers the post-doctoral fellowships for PhDs directly and the Department of Emergency Medicine administers the fellowships for emergency medicine physicians through its Population Health Research Fellowship. Support is commensurate with experience and fellowships are of variable duration, depending on the specifics of the project. Please contact CHanGE for additional information about current opportunities.

FAQs

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?
Students may email chge@uw.edu or chgeassistant@uw.edu for questions or more information about the CHanGE department or becoming a CHanGE trainee. Prospective students may also contact us or email a faculty member directly with inquiries or arranging an appointment. Current and prospective students should review the CHanGE membership roster to identify faculty working in their area of interest.
CHanGE also puts on events - check our News & Events page here

What skills can CHanGE trainees expect to gain?
The skills students will acquire depend on the educational opportunities they participate in. Trainees generally gain insight into global environmental change and related health impacts; relevant health services for identifying, tracking, and reducing health risks; methods for assessing these impacts and population health vulnerability to related exposures; and policy options for reducing health risks. Research-oriented trainees can expect to gain deeper exposure to epidemiological methods, risk assessment and health impact assessment, scenario-based projection of health impacts, spatial epidemiology, and other relevant approaches. Practice-oriented trainees can expect to be exposed to interdisciplinary collaborations, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning, and program development and evaluation, among other relevant activities.

Contact Us

Please contact CHanGE administration for more information on department offerings and becoming a trainee.