The field of global environmental health considers problems at a global or transnational scale including population pressure, climate change, epidemics, vector borne diseases, urbanization, warfare, transport technologies, electrification, and migration. In tropical parts of the world vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Zika virus can grow to epidemic proportions without strong disease surveillance, and rapid intervention with medical care and the strategic use of pesticides. And many environmental problems are local or site specific. Examples include living in a neighborhood that derives drinking water from a contaminated well, or living nearby a polluting industrial plant, or next to an agricultural area where pesticides are applied by spray planes. Any of these conditions are appropriate for an environmental health concentration and associated senior essay topics.
Students who have chosen this concentration have enrolled in medical school and the five-year program at the Yale School of Public Health. Courses in this concentration also provide an opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the Global Health Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program.