The Planetary Health Alliance
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment. He is also Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences.
Patz co-chaired the health expert panel of the first US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For 15 years, Dr. Patz was 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. In 1994, Dr. Patz convened the first-ever session on climate change for the American Public Health Association and authored the organization’s first policy resolution on climate change in 1995.
Dr. Patz has written over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and reports, and co-edited two textbooks and a 5-volume encyclopedia addressing the health effects of global environmental change. He organized the first climate change/health briefing to an EPA administrator in 1997 and has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. In addition to his contribution in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009, won a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014, and was recipient of the Homer Calver Award of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for Environmental Health Leadership in 2015.
Professor Patz earned medical board certification 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.
“We can’t expect to support healthy human populations on a sick planet; the planetary health view helps reveal the inextricable links between our own health and that of the natural world.”