Preparing for change.

Global Change refers to planetary-scale changes to the Earth system, consisting of oceans, land masses, life, climate, and geological processes. These large-scale environmental changes can interact with development patterns and choices, including population, economics, urbanization, pollution, and resource utilization, to create social, political, and technical challenges to individuals and societies. The scale and velocity of today’s planetary-scale changes are exerting pressure on the natural environment and human societies. Climate change, species extinction, water and food scarcity, and ozone depletion are all interconnected parts of global change.

CHanGE (The Center for Health and the Global Environment) envisions a world of individuals, communities, and nations with the knowledge, capacity, and tools to effectively and efficiently manage the risks global environmental change is presenting to human health and well-being.


We provide in-depth, interdisciplinary training to the next generation of scholars and leaders in global environmental change and health.

Capacity Building

We increase useful and usable knowledge on the health risks of global environmental change. We recommend options to effectively and efficiently manage these risks, bridging the research and policy interface.


We integrate knowledge, data, and perspectives from health, environmental, and social sciences to promote a broad-based understanding of the needs for and opportunities to transition to sustainability.

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security
aims to limit the extent of infectious disease epidemics and thereby save lives. We are fostering
a bold, comprehensive, and integrated systems approach spearheaded by top scientists and
practitioners across disciplines that focuses on improving readiness before epidemics hit.

CHanGE members Director Dr. Kristie Ebi, Co-Director Dr. Jeremy Hess, and Acting Assistant Professor Dr. Cory Morin are involved with the MetaCenter.

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