Academics & Research

The primary role of a university is to educate and prepare students to succeed in the world professionally and socially. For today's student, that is a world facing tremendous environmental challenges requiring thoughtful consideration and innovative solutions. Therefore it is essential that students, as future business leaders, scientists, teachers, policy makers and citizens, are provided with a foundation in environmental education and the opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to real world problems. At Johns Hopkins University, courses with a focus on sustainability and environmental issues are offered in almost every discipline each semester.  In these courses students learn about the interaction between cycles and processes of the natural world and human systems. They are confronted with real world problems and challenged to develop creative solutions.

Programs of Study

Bloomberg School of Public Health

The newly configured Department of Environmental Health and Engineering encompasses the Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Carey Business School

The Global MBA program delivers a rigorous business school education that focuses on business essentials, advanced business methods, and real-world experience.  Students move through a series of integrated modules that reflect the nature and structure of real-world business problems in the areas of Financial Resources, People and Markets, Business Processes, and Managerial Decision Behavior.

Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences offers various undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of sustainability. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers a major and a minor related to sustainability in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (GECS). Both the major and minor are for undergraduate students at the Homewood Campus. KSAS also offers Masters and Certificate programs in Environmental Science and Policy, Energy Policy and Climate, and Geographic Information Systems through Advanced Academic Programs.

The Office of Sustainability offers Cleaner, Greener Baltimore as an Intersession class providing freshmen with an understanding of principles of sustainability and how to apply them at Johns Hopkins and in the City of Baltimore.

School of Advanced International Studies

The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has a sustainability related program concentration in Energy, Resources and Environment. The program at SAIS offers a master’s program for graduate students and is located at the Washington, D.C. campus.

Whiting School of Engineering

In addition to the joint Department of Environmental Health and Engineering with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Whiting also offers a minor in Engineering for Sustainable Development, as well as a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management through Engineering for Professionals program. Part-time students can also earn a post-graduate certificate in Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Sustainability.

Sustainability Research Centers

Alliance for a Healthier World

The Alliance for a Healthier World is a Johns Hopkins University signature initiative that integrates university-wide expertise and diverse perspectives to unlock groundbreaking knowledge addressing unresolved global health challenges. Healthy environments are one of the four thematic areas, with the goal to identify how global climate change and environmental degradation at local, regional and global levels pose risks for decreasing equities in human health and nutrition as well as develop sustainable solutions on how to best act to protect health and nutrition.

Bloomberg American Health Initiative (BAHI)

Environmental challenges are one of the five focus areas of this initiative, launched in fall 2016 with a historic $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The initiative will link public health to the fields of urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, environmental design and assessment, agronomy, food systems, and civil engineering.

Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics (CEAFM)

The Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics collaborates researchers from the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Applied Physics Laboratory to research fluid mechanics and the relation to different environments.

Center for a Livable Future

The Center for a Livable Future funds research for students related to sustainability and the interactions of diet, health, food production, and the natural environment. The Center for a Livable Future is located at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Center for Water and Health

The Center for Water and Health collaborates with the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering to research strategies to provide safe drinking water worldwide.


The Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute (E²SHI) serves as a point of contact for all environment, energy, sustainability and health related research and education across Johns Hopkins University. The institute disseminates information about external grant opportunities, events, and JHU research activities. E²SHI also posts information on environment-related courses offered at JHU, as well as internship, research/fellowship and job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Global Water Program

The Global Water Program works to solve the global water challenge through research and education.

Social Justice and Sustainability Courses


Environmental Ethics is geared towards Global Environmental Change & Sustainability and Philosophy majors.


Krieger Advanced Academic Programs: Environmental Justice

Whiting Engineering Program for Professionals: Environmental Justice and Ethics Incorporated into Environmental Decision-Making

Carey Business School: Business Leadership and Human Values

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