Three MOOCs highlighting the impacts of climate change on health

According to the Lancet climate change could be „the biggest global health threat of the 21st century“. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense and precipitation patterns are changing. Raising awareness of this public health issue and communicating within and between countries all over the world is crucial in tackling the negative effects of climate change on human health.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the most effective tool to reach a vast number of people around the globe. That’s why the CVV, under the guidance of visiting Professor Rainer Sauerborn (University of Heidelberg, IPCC expert), took the initiative to create three diffe- rent MOOCs targeting the topic of the impacts of climate change on human health. The goal is to bring forth scientific evidence on health and climate change as well as to stress the importance of health in the climate change debate.

The MOOCs present lessons from Professor Rainer Sauerborn and various other inter- national health experts, and are adapted to address different audiences:

  • Why Health is key for Climate negotiations?

This MOOC is dedicated to the upcoming Climate Change Conference COP21 which will take place in Paris in December 2016. It aims to provide policy-makers and opinion leaders with key arguments to put health on the agenda in climate change debates and negotiations.

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  • Climate Change and Health

Reaching the public with messages on climate change and health is key for pro- voking change in individual behaviour and action on climate change. This MOOC, de- livered in English and designed for a glo- bal audience, will provide different means for reducing emissions and will introduce adaptation measures.

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  • Changement climatique et santé

As the African countries are the most vulne- rable to climate change, the CVV developed this MOOC specifically to target these coun- tries by involving health experts from Afri- ca, mostly from the Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna (CRSN) in Burkina Faso. Besides basics of climate change as well as adaptation and mitigation strategies, the participants will be introduced to specific diseases linked to global warming and epide- miological methods to address this problem.

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