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180.607.11 Climate Change and Public Health

Environmental Health and Engineering
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Mon 06/01/2015 - Sat 06/06/2015
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 4:20pm
  • Saturday,  8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Cindy Parker
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Explores the science of how and why the climate is changing, as well as the likely and potential impacts of climate change on public health in developed and developing regions of the world. Discusses how rising sea levels; worsening air quality; frequency and severity of weather-related disasters; and scarcity of food and drinking water are all influenced by the changing climate. Examines strategies for mitigation and adaptation, and the role public health professionals can play in these decisions. Concludes with a full-day field trip in the Baltimore area to get hands-on experience with local responses to climate change.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the greenhouse effect and the resulting changes to the physical processes on earth from climate change
  2. List and prioritize direct and indirect health impacts of climate change
  3. Compare and contrast strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation with respect to co-benefits to public health
Methods of Assessment:

Homework assignments, participation, final assignment

Instructor Consent:

No consent required