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What is Planetary Health?

Planetary Health provides a powerful framework for transforming our relationship to our physical world. While it is concerned with climate change, Planetary Health is more broadly focused on the global health implications of the Earth crisis—all the ways that human activity is transforming our planet’s natural systems. This includes disruptions to biodiversity; the pollution of air, water, and soil; and changes in land use, such as deforestation and dams. The mission of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health is to catalyze scholarship and practice of Planetary Health across the University, bring together a cohesive community of practice, and establish Johns Hopkins University as a global leader in addressing the global health and humanitarian dimensions of the Earth crisis.

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A new kind of Institute

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health is comprised of dedicated faculty, researchers, and students who are committed to working across disciplines to address the urgency of the Earth crisis and its impacts on humanity. Combining the enormous strength of the departments, schools, centers, and programs at Johns Hopkins University with the initiatives, partners, and engagements of the Planetary Health Alliance to form a Johns Hopkins University Institute for Planetary Health will generate a vibrant, global, transdisciplinary community of scholarship and practice while quickly augmenting the university's leadership in confronting some of our greatest societal challenges.

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What does the Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health do?

The Institute is advancing Planetary Health research, education, policy, and practice across Johns Hopkins University. By bringing faculty and students together across disciplines and divisions to work on collaborative projects, the Institute will help the University play a lead role in moving the field of Planetary Health forward. We envision numerous workstreams as diverse as designing Planetary Health cities, working with the Indigenous health community to explore the intersections with Indigenous determinants of health, and working with nurses and physicians to green health care and communicate the Planetary Health emergency to patients, colleagues, and communities. In education, the Institute will help integrate Planetary Health competencies into nursing, medical, public health, and undergraduate curricula. Collaborations with the policy community at Hopkins and the engineering, AI, and data science communities will lead to innovations in policy, technology, and practice.

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What does the Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health offer?

The Institute for Planetary Health removes obstacles to cross-disciplinary collaboration. We plan to offer support for workshops and convenings (including at the Hopkins Bloomberg Center in Washington DC), development of research proposals, new Planetary Health course development, and connection to the global Planetary Health community through the Planetary Health Alliance. In addition, we will organize monthly dinner seminars for affiliated faculty and special events and retreats on Planetary Health topics. Over time, we seek to provide seed grants for research and support for postdoctoral fellows connected to Planetary Health research hubs.

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Research hubs bring faculty and trainees together across schools and disciplines to characterize and address central topics in Planetary Health.


Our vision is to educate all students, across disciplines, about the human dimensions of the Earth Crisis.


Planetary Health is a field forged in urgency, and to make the most impact, JHIPH will extend its efforts beyond research and education to policy and practice.


Rapid structural shifts are needed across energy and food systems, manufacturing, and the built environment to protect and regenerate the natural life support systems we depend upon.

Clinical Program

This program strives to integrate Planetary Health into education and practice, fostering partnerships with clinical leaders worldwide to expand these efforts globally.


Past Events

Learn more about past Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health Events.