Jonathan Patz



Departments & Organizations

Global Health Institute
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Department of Population Health Sciences
Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE)

Geographic Focus

Ethiopia, Brazil, United States

Research Focus

Environmental health effects of climate change, Multisectoral solutions for global health


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Jonathan Patz, MD, M.P.H., (@jonathanpatz) is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC)—the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also co-­chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress.

Patz is committed to connecting colleagues from across campus and communities around the world to improve health for all and is continually striving to integrate his research into teaching for students and communication to policy makers and the general public.

Patz has written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change and co‐edited the five­‐volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). He, most recently, co-edited “Climate Change and Public Health” (2015, Oxford University Press) and is leading a Massive Open Online Course “Climate Change Policy and Public Health.”

He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

In addition to directing the university-­wide Global Health Institute, Patz has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He also directs the NSF-­‐sponsored Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE).

Patz is double board-­certified, earning medical boards in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.

Patz CV May 2017

Patz addresses Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Climate Health Summit: “Climate and Health: Where We Stand.”

Congressional Testimony to US Senate – Chaired by Ted Kennedy, April 10, 2008

Selected Links

African academies tap Patz to chair 20-nation joint meeting on climate change 

Huffington Post op-ed: On the (Bike) Path to Prosperity: Why Banning Bikes is Bad for Kolkata

Huffington Post op-ed: Curbing Fossil Fuels to Power a Public Health Revolution

Department of Population Health Sciences


Article in UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Quarterly magazine

Article in Spring 2009 UW Foundation Insights

August, 2012, presentation on Climate Change and Health to the UW Bascom Hill Society

News coverage of our health study on low-carbon transportation for the Midwest region

Lecture at Univ. Washington, 2010

Informal Congressional Briefing via EESI

Informal Congressional Briefing via AMS