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Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health


The Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health (CCEHH) is a campus focal point and catalyst for interdisciplinary teaching and research to increase understanding of the roles of healthy coastal environments in supporting human health and well-being. It serves as a hub for faculty and students whose research, teaching, and learning interests include aspects of environmental and human health. The CCEHH supports increased collaboration among the College’s excellent undergraduate and Master’s programs in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies and its undergraduate program in Public Health and provides opportunities for linkages with other institutions in the U.S. and abroad. It works to increase opportunities for faculty grants, student assistantships and internships, and expansion of course offerings. 

Mission Statement

The Center is to catalyze interdisciplinary teaching and research to increase understanding of the roles of healthy coastal environments in supporting human health and well-being.


Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff at the College of Charleston understand and appreciate the significant roles that healthy coastal environments play in supporting the health of individuals, communities, and economies, and use their knowledge to help ensure the continuing health, resilience, and sustainability of coastal areas. 


  • Become the campus focal point for teaching, research, and policy development related to coastal environmental health and its impacts on human health and well-being.
  • Conduct research on the health-promoting effects of coastal areas.
  • Strengthen undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental studies, marine biology, public health, air and water quality.
  • Facilitate curriculum development, cross-listing of courses, and opportunities for student internships and research.
  • Connect faculty with common interests from various programs within and outside the College and help them pursue new teaching, research, and funding opportunities.
  • Coordinate seminars, visiting faculty appointments, workshops, and internship opportunities for students and faculty.
  • Serve as a bridge to relevant programs at other institutions, non-governmental organizations, and state/federal agencies.
  • Provide a contact point for public officials, agencies, and individuals seeking experts in environmental and human health interplay.
  • Equip students, stakeholders, and the public with the knowledge and will to influence decisions for a sustainable coastal future.
  • Encourage growth of a sustainable coastal “blue economy” in South Carolina and the region.

Recent News

- Ocean Action Agenda 

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI), a bipartisan, collaborative group of senior ocean leaders, recently released the Ocean Action Agenda, an interactive digital report available at The report includes 29 recommended actions that the Trump Administration and Congress should take to effectively manage America’s ocean and coastal resources, as well as 37 stories from across the United States that highlight the importance of the oceans and Great Lakes to the lives of all Americans. JOCI’s recommendations were informed by input gathered at Regional Ocean Leadership Roundtables convened in the U.S. Arctic and East, West, and Gulf Coasts. At these roundtables, JOCI brought together hundreds of local, state, tribal, and national leaders representing diverse industry, government, and nonprofit interests to identify creative solutions to critical ocean and coastal issues.

- New Center Connects Health, Coastal Environment  

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