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Climate Change and Mental Health

Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Jura L. Augustinavicius
Jura Augustinavicius
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Project(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required