Climate Change Policy and Public Health

Explore current evidence linking climate change and public health while learning the fundamental co-benefits of climate change mitigation. Evaluate policies and interventions while gaining hands on experience communicating climate science and health to policy makers and the general public.

About The Course

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 anthropogenic activities on climate change and consequently public health, moreover exposing students to the many tangible benefits to climate change mitigation.   Policies and initiatives to reduce emissions and promote sustainability have numerous co-benefits.  That is, they will protect the environment while simultaneously improving global health.  In addition to providing students the underlying evidence for climate change’s impact on human health, this course will explore three primary issues where co-benefits are feasible: renewable energy, agriculture and food, urban design and active transport. Students will hear from experts across the globe, engage with the current scientific and political literature, and gain hands on experience communicating climate change and public health messages to various audiences. They will also have the opportunity to discuss course material and current events with peers across the globe.

This course will give policy and decision makers a strong foundation in the core linkages between climate and change and health, emphasizing a way forward that will have the most beneficial effects on both human health and the environment.