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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete

The air we breathe

The air we breathe is full of particles and gases. Some occur naturally, but many are the result of human activities. This first module will look into what air pollution is, where it comes from and what it does to our lungs and the rest of our body.

4 videos (Total 25 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
4 readings
UN Sustainable Development Goals30m
Want to know more? Air pollution sources1h
Want to know more? Counseling patients using the Air Quality Health Index25m
Want to know more? Emerging hazards and improved understanding of risk45m
3 practice exercises
Sources and Composition of Air Pollution6m
What Happens in the Lungs?6m
What Happens in the Rest of the Body?6m
3 hours to complete

Outdoor air pollution

Outdoor air pollution affects all of us – no matter where we are on the Globe. But there are big differences in air pollution levels from one country to another, from rural to urban areas, from city to city, and even from one side of the street to the other. Though all people are affected, some people are more vulnerable to the damaging health effects of air pollution than others. This module will explain about how we can study health effects of exposure to outdoor air pollution in diverse population groups. We will also look at what we can do to fight outdoor pollution – and cope with it.

4 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
1 reading
WHO: Urban Health30m
4 practice exercises
Epidemiological Principles of Air Pollution6m
Vulnerable Groups6m
The Global Burden6m
What Can We Do about Outdoor Air Pollution?6m
2 hours to complete

Indoor air pollution

Most people spend most of their time indoors. The building envelope traps and accumulates pollution from both indoor and outdoor sources. This module will explain about health effects of indoor use of solid fuel as a particularly important source in large parts of the world, as well as of other sources of indoor air pollution. You will also learn about what you can do to improve the air quality in your home.

2 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
WHO: Indoor Air Pollution30m
EPA: Fundamentals of Indoor Air Quality in Buildings30m
2 practice exercises
Solid Fuel in Households6m
Tight Buildings6m
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Top reviews from Air Pollution – a Global Threat to our Health

By MMar 29th 2019

Very important course especially for developing country experts and professionals where air pollution issue is less focused and the national reports were not pepared.

By ESMay 27th 2018

First online course. Great lectures. good quizes. The discussions also are essential and important. Hope to do more courses.



Steffen Loft

Head of Department
Department of Public Health

Peter Møller

Department of Public Health

Zorana Jovanovic Andersen

Associate Professor
Department of Public Health

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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