Climate change is
having and will continue to have a dramatic impact on global public health –
from natural disasters and the increased spread of infectious disease to
predicted crop losses and heat waves.
This course explores the impact of human activities on climate change
and consequently public health, as well as the many real benefits to climate
change mitigation. We will discover the multiple benefits – or co-benefits – provided by public
policies and initiatives to reduce emissions. For example, protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse
gases can simultaneously improve human health.
In addition to providing evidence for climate change’s impact on human
health, this course will explore three primary areas where co-benefits can be realized: renewable energy, agriculture and
food, urban design and active transport. Please note: use of the term “urban”
is relative; traits traditionally understood as “urban” can exist in many
places, even if populations are not large.
This course will feature input from experts across the globe.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the current scientific
and political literature, and discuss course content with peers worldwide.
Course participants will be given a strong foundation in the core
linkages between climate change, policy, and health. There will also be
hands-on opportunities to develop skills in communicating the science and
policy connections between climate change and public health.
The course will emphasize a way forward for all, one providing the most
beneficial effects on both human health and the environment.