Environmental change poses a major challenge to human health in many parts of the world, particularly in developing countries. Although global warming is a key driver, its effects are frequently exacerbated by large scale human activities. From sea level rise to ecosystem degradation, these changes can incur significant health impacts, affecting both the incidence of chronic conditions and the spread of infectious disease.

Drawing on expertise from across the College and beyond, our work focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive environmental change and how these, in turn, impact on human health. We apply this knowledge to manage health risks by devising local solutions to help communities adapt to change, but also promoting evidence-based policy development at a regional and national level.


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News: Infectious diseases resist globalisation

Human infectious diseases are unlikely to reach the same level of globalisation as the people who transport them, according to new research. Read more


Video: Mobile pathogens in a changing world

Our panel of experts discuss how the mobility of diseases, old and new, poses major challenges for human, wildlife and ecosystem health. Watch now

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Video: Saltwater intrusion in Bangladesh

Pauline Scheelbeek explains her research on the health effects of sea level rise. Watch now