MOOC Climate Change & Health

About the course

Climate change is currently at the center of the world’s attention, with delegations from more than 190 countries meeting in Paris for the COP21 to negotiate an agreement on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming under 2°C.

There are not many world citizens who do not have their children’s and their own health as a top priority. So why is health not a more prominent topic in the debate on climate change and its impacts? We hear a lot about polar bears and smokestacks in the media, but very little on the many and the large health impacts of climate change. With this MOOC, we want to provide state-of-the art evidence of the link between climate change and the health of populations, and discuss best practices in terms of adaptation and co-benefits to health.  Participants will analyze their own country as a case study throughout the course and share this work with other course participants. They will understand the limits and strengths of their own country’s climate adaptation plan.

Course team

Directeur de l’Institut de santé publique de l’Université de Heidelberg.

Format

Six-week course. Each sequence will contain exercises and literature references.

There will be discussion forums for disease- and target-group specific interest groups, e.g. a forum on child malnutrition from climate change or health effects on the elderly.

You will analyse your country as a case study throughout the course and share this work with other course participants on our country-specific platforms. You will understand the limits and strengths of your own country’s climate adaptation plan.

Interviews with national policy-makers will be part of the course.

Course plan

Chapter 1: What is climate change and how can it affect health?
Chapter 2: What health effects do we expect?
Chapter 3: Reducing emissions – in health terms: prevention
Chapter 4: The good news: doing something to reduce emissions is good for your health
Chapter 5: Adapting to the effects of already occurring climate change – “therapy”
Outlook: A climate friendly world is healthier, more equitable, sustainable and fun

English

The course does not require any knowledge about the climate system and climate change. You do not have to be a health person to follow as we cover ground on the link between climate change and health that will be new even for medical doctors. Of course you should be reasonably comfortable with English, not the least to be able to participate in the many interactive platforms and exercises offered during this MOOC.

We address the general public from all parts of the world.
Health professionals may have a special interest and are very welcome, so are teachers and journalists, who may use this MOOC to disseminate the evidence provided. People working in meteorology and climate sciences, too, may be interested in health impacts and are welcome. In this interface between health and climate, there are few experts. So every interested global citizen, whether expert or not, is welcome to chime in.

Climatology, Public Health, Climate Policy

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