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.
The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences has several degree programs for students to study sustainability-related topics, primarily surrounding environmental studies. The Earth and Planetary Sciences department offers an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Studies, and Advanced Academic Programs offers a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy and Energy Policy and Climate.
The majority of the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s degree programs touch on various environmental and social sustainability issues. Such programs include but are not limited to the Master of Health Science in Environmental Health Sciences, Master of Health Science and Master of Science in Epidemiology, and several degree opportunities in Environmental Health and Engineering program, which is a cross-divisional program with the Whiting School of Engineering.
In addition to the WSE’s shared Environmental Health and Engineering program with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, there are several other undergraduate and graduate programs that touch on several areas of sustainability. Such programs include but are not limited to a Master of Science in Environmental Planning and Management, a Master of Science in Bioengineering Innovation & Design, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science, and a Master of Systems Engineering.
Through the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., students can earn their MA in International Relations with a focus area of Development, Climate, and Sustainability.This program prepares students to solve the world’s most pressing issues surrounding climate change, natural resources, and energy policy and sources. SAIS is also offering a new online Master of Art in Sustainable Energy program, which prepares working professionals to shape the future of renewable energy and was designed to fill key skill gaps across the energy sector including in key areas such as consulting, market research, policy, strategic advising, and more.
The Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute, based in Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, is the university’s focal point for energy-related research and educational programs. Founded in 2021, the institute brings together the extensive energy-related activities already underway at the university and focuses on developing an impactful program to address the transformation of the energy sector to help address climate change.
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.
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative, located within the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, is tackling five issues that deeply challenge the nation’s health: addiction and overdose, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence. The Initiative also has set out to train a new generation of leaders committed to improving health in America.
The Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics collaborates researchers from the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, and the Applied Physics Laboratory to research fluid mechanics and the relation to different environments.
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.