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Climate Change and Mental Health: Research, Practice, and Policy Perspectives

4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Jura Augustinavicius

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Examines mental health concepts of disorder, distress, well-being, and resilience in the context of climate change. Focuses on research, policy, and practice perspectives on 1) climate change exposures and their impacts on mental health and well-being, 2) social and environmental justice in climate change and mental health, 3) resilience, psychosocial adaptation, and action. Presents data on direct and indirect mental health and psychosocial impacts of chronic and acute climate change exposures. Discusses inequalities in climate change impacts on mental health with examples from across local and global contexts. Explores individual and community-level resilience, psychosocial adaptation, and areas of priority action

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. 1.Explain the impacts of climate change on mental health and psychosocial well-being across varying chronic and acute climate change exposures.
  2. 2.Identify inequalities in the impacts of climate change on mental health and psychosocial well-being globally and locally.
  3. 3.Define psychosocial adaptation.
  4. 4.Identify opportunities for climate change and mental health action within research, policy, and practice.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% LiveTalks
  • 30% Discussion
  • 45% Assignments

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students.

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