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Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health


The College of Charleston currently has a nationally-recognized Master's degree program in Marine Biology, a robust Master's degree program in Environmental Studies, as well as a heavily subscribed undergraduate minor in Environmental Studies. The Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health (CCEHH) will play a critical role as a point of contact for faculty whose research interests include aspects of the interface between environmental and human health. This should result in enhanced inter-disciplinary, intra-and inter-school collaboration with an associated increase in grant activity which will provide additional support for both faculty scholarly work and student participation in research. In addition, the Center will facilitate linking the College faculty with those other institutions in the US and abroad who are conducting preeminent research and education in the environment-health areas.

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.

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