Friday, November 15, 2013

Study Climate Change & Health in the Spring 2014

EOHS 594: Special Topics Course -  “Climate Change and Public Health”

Who: Students Interested in Climate Change
What: EOHS 594: Special Topics Course -“Climate Change and Public Health”
Where: School of Public Health West
Why: To help students formulate opinions on climate change and discover how actions related to climate change affect public health.
When: Spring 2014 Tuesdays, 11:00am - 12:45pm

Credit hours: 2
Hours: Tuesdays, 11:00-12:45
Instructor: S. Dorevitch, with guest lecturers
Office hours: SPHW, Room 440, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00, and by appointment
Enrollment: Graduate students, no prerequisites
Format: In-class lectures with Collaborate webcast; assigned readings and discussion;  a final project.
Course organization:  The course begins with introductory information about weather, climate, atmospheric pollutants that drive climate change, followed by climate change mitigation strategies.  This is followed by health outcomes that are expected to change in frequency, severity, and distribution as the global climate warms and becomes less stable.
Approaches to reducing the health impacts of climate change follow, including mitigation and adaptation.
Three cross-cutting topics that are addressed throughout the course are
   1)  research methods employed in climate and health studies
   2) vulnerability to impacts of climate change, and
   3) differences in the perspectives of countries with varying degrees of economic development regarding emissions, mitigation and adaptation.

Principles of environmental health, epidemiology, physiology, and infectious diseases will be introduced throughout the course – no prior background in these topics is needed. For more information, contact Ed Zordani.

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