Researching Climate Change and Human Health
PubH 6135, 3 credits
The world now faces climate change as an incontrovertible fact, posing serious public health challenges for the 21st century. From increased wildfires to urban infrastructure threats, from emerging infectious diseases to increased heat-related illnesses and deaths, this course draws on the wealth of evidence compiled by the National Climate Assessment (NCA) to examine the myriad ways that climate change is affecting human health. NCA themes are used to guide each week’s topics, which include: widespread impact, the ecological context, oceans of change, infrastructure, water resources, energy, land use, heat and air quality. Epidemiology, exposure assessment, risk assessment, and environmental engineering serve as the disciplinary bases from which health evidence is examined. By reading and discussing research studies, students will emerge from the course more knowledgeable about current climate change and human health evidence and more proficient in interpreting study findings.
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