Now, more than ever, there is a great need to promote a wider understanding of the potential human health consequences of global environmental degradation. The Center's Classroom Education Program deepens the understanding of the critical relationship between the environment and human health at the graduate school, college and K-12 levels by providing high-quality resources for educators.
For over 15 years, the Center has offered the graduate level course, Human Health and Global Environmental Change, establishing a reputation as the leading educator, both in the U.S. and around the world, in this area of expertise. Taught by Center faculty and leading experts in the field at Harvard University and beyond, the course covers a variety of environmental topics and their impact on human health and is based on current, credible scientific research. The course is also available online through the Harvard Extension School.
The Center’s K-12 Education Program grew out of a commitment to translating the often abstract and technical environmental health science into easy to use and understand educational materials.
The Center develops free resources for K-12 formal and informal educators, including lesson plans and activities, digital learning tools, films, books, and exhibits in addition to its active lecture, conference and teacher professional development workshop offerings. These activities and materials, all aligned with National Science Education Standards, inform educators and their students about the human health consequences of environmental change in order to foster a healthy, sustainable future.