Environmental Challenges

Program Overview

The climate crisis is an existential threat to humanity, exemplifying the fact that policy decisions related to clean air and water, urban planning, transportation, and energy have lasting impacts on our health. When we design communities for cars, we increase air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. When we design communities for people, we increase physical activity and social connections. Decisions about the built environment, including zoning, housing, transportation, and energy require broad collaborative efforts. Public health can illuminate the critical issues and help bring about healthier and more sustainable communities.

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Core Faculty Spotlight
Environmental Challenges

Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD

Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD, MHS, is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, where she also directs the Master of Health Science in Environmental Health and Master of Science in Environmental Health degree programs.

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Faculty Aisha S Dickerson
Core Faculty Spotlight
Environmental Challenges

Aisha S. Dickerson, PhD

An environmental epidemiologist, Dr. Dickerson’s primary research interests are in environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and dementia. 

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Supporting Research and Projects with Impact

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Projects supported by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Climate Change & Health: Assessing State Preparedness

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Trust for America’s Health examine how prepared states are to protect residents from the health impacts of climate change.

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Our Interconnected Focus Areas

Environmental Challenges Directly Impact Obesity & the Food System.

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Supporting a New Generation of Public Health Leaders

The Bloomberg Fellows Program provides world-class public health training for individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.

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