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330.665.89 Climate Change and Mental Health

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
1 credit
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
Internet
Dates:
Tue 05/28/2019 - Fri 06/21/2019
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Jura Augustinavicius
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only
Resources:
Description:

While climate change is not a new phenomenon, its effects on global populations are increasingly visible and public health researchers are grappling with a myriad of ways that climate change affects human health. Mental health represents an important and often overlooked piece of the framework for considering climate change and health.

Introduces mental health concepts of disorder, distress, well-being, and resilience that warrant consideration in the context of climate change. Structured around chronic and acute climate change exposures, including rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and wildfires. Explores mental health impacts of particular climate change exposures with examples from across high-, middle-, and low-resource contexts. Includes discussion of social inequalities on the impacts of climate change on mental health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify mental health outcomes affected by climate change
  2. Describe differing impacts of climate change on mental health across varying chronic and acute climate change exposures
  3. Discuss inequalities in the impacts of climate change on mental health in high-, middle-, and low-resource settings
Methods of Assessment:

Online discussion participation 40%
Project proposal 60%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required