Sherilee Harper, MSc, PhD

Professor, School of Public Health

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Professor, School of Public Health



Sherilee Harper is a Canada Research Chair in Climate Change and Health, Kule Scholar, and Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.  Her research investigates associations between weather, environment, and health equity in the context of climate change, and she collaborates with partners across sectors to prioritise climate-related health actions, planning, interventions, and research. She was a Lead Author on two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports; served on the Gender Task Group for the IPCC; Lead Author on Health Canada's 2022 Climate Change and Health Assessment; and Co-chaired the Government of Canada's Health and Wellbeing Advisory Table for the National Adaptation Strategy. 

PhD, University of Guelph, 2013
MSc, University of Guelph, 2009


  • climate change and health
  • climate change adaptation
  • community-led research; community-based, participatory research
  • social and environmental epidemiology
  • mixed (qualitative and quantitative) research methods
  • Inuit Nunangat; Uganda; Peru

Research Service


SPH 557 - Hot Topics in Climate Change and Health

Climate change and health is a rapidly emerging field with exponentially increasing research outputs and expanding areas of practice. Climate change topics increasingly demand the public's attention, including news headlines, local to international policies, images of increasing extreme weather events, climate strikes, government election platforms, and increasing international reports on climate change impacts. Climate change is a hot topic! Alongside this rapid pace of climate change developments is the urgency for health action and immediate attention. Therefore, this course explores the health dimensions of hot topics, emerging themes, and current events in climate change as they occur in real time around the world. Through the discussion of current global to local issues at the climate-health nexus, students will deepen their understanding of climate change and health research, policy, and practice. Discussion, teamwork, and projects will enable the application of climate change and health theory to real time climate change and health theory to real time climate change events. Prerequisite: SPH 556.

SPH 558 - Climate Change & Health Integrative Project

Public health needs a climate change action plan now. Human health is intertwined with the stability of our climate, making climate change a threat to any vision of a healthy future. Serving as the culminating and integrative experience of the Climate Change and Health Graduate Embedded Certificate, students will apply and expand knowledge gained throughout their coursework to engage in high-level inquiry focusing on climate change and health. Students will apply a climate change lens to health programs, policy, research, and decision-making, and explore how to integrate climate change dimensions into all health actions. Prerequisites: SPH 556 and SPH 557.

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC)

Ended: 2021

Funded by CIHR Team Grant


Featured Publications

Conevska, A., Ford, J., Lesnikowski, A., Harper, S.L.

Climate Policy. 2018 January;

Wright, C.J., Sargeant, J.M., Edge, V.L., Ford, J.D., Farahbakhsh, K., Shiwak, I., Flowers, C., Gordon, A.C., RICG, IHACC Research Team (Berrang-Ford, L., Carcamo, C., Llanos, A., Lwasa, S., Namanya, D.B.), Harper, S.L.

Science of The Total Environment. 2018 January; 618 (15):369-378

Zavaleta, C., Berrang-Ford, L., Ford, J., Llanos-Cuentas, A., Carcamo, C., Ross, N., Lancha, G., Sherman, M., Harper, S.L., IHACC Research Team

PLoS ONE. 2018 January; 13 (10)

Flynn, M., Ford, J., Pearce, T., Harper, S.L., IHACC Research Team

Environmental Science & Policy. 2018 January; 79

Ford, J.D., Sherman, M., Berrang-Ford, L., Llanos, A., Carcamo, C., Harper, S.L., Lwasa, S., Namanya, D.B., Marcello, T., Maillet, M., Edge, V.

Global Environmental Change. 2018 January; 49