Q&A: Climate Change and Health

Climate Change

Professor Robert Dubrow, M.D., Ph.D., is faculty director of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative at the Yale School of Public Health. The program was established in 2015 to conduct innovative research, create educational programs and train future leaders in the fight to protect public health against changing weather patterns around the world. The link between climate change and human health is clear, Dubrow says, and the consequences will intensify in the coming decades with more heat waves, increased food insecurity, increased water-borne and vector-borne diseases and new conflicts as people compete for scarcer resources. Climate change, Dubrow says, is “one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.”