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Climate Change and Public Health

Summer term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Cindy Parker

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:

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 globally, regionally, and for your local area
  3. Compare and contrast strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation with respect to co-benefits to public health, from local to global scales
  4. Describe the role of public health professionals in implementing strategies for climate change mitigation and adaption
  5. Communicate, using proven techniques, the connections between climate change and public health to different audiences
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 15%
- 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