University of Copenhagen
Air Pollution – a Global Threat to our Health
University of Copenhagen

Air Pollution – a Global Threat to our Health

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Steffen Loft
Peter Møller
Zorana Jovanovic Andersen

Instructors: Steffen Loft


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12 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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There are 3 modules in this course

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.

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4 videos4 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

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.

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4 videos1 reading4 quizzes2 discussion prompts

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.

What's included

2 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt


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Steffen Loft
University of Copenhagen
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