Climate Change and Public Health
- Summer term
- Environmental Health and Engineering
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.
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.
- Learning Objectives:
- Explain the greenhouse effect and the resulting changes to the physical processes on Earth from climate change
- List and prioritize direct and indirect health impacts of climate change globally, regionally, and for your local area
- Compare and contrast strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation with respect to co-benefits to public health, from local to global scales
- Describe the role of public health professionals in implementing strategies for climate change mitigation and adaption
- Communicate, using proven techniques, the connections between climate change and public health to different audiences
- Methods of Assessment:
- Listening/watching all online lectures (all sections, each module), LiveTalk attendance (real time or listening to archived session), posting to discussion forum in response to the prompts (10%)
- Responding to other students’ discussion forum postings (5%).
Homework assignments: 50%
Final written assignment: 35%
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
Registration closes on July 1