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Basic knowledge of climate change. A course in natural sciences and/or human health may be helpful, but not required

Approx. 15 hours to complete
English

What you will learn

  • Describe how and why the climate is changing and is predicted to change in the future

  • Describe the range of adverse health impacts of climate change

  • Explain the determinants of vulnerability to extreme weather (heat, storms, and floods)

  • Summarize the current understanding of how climate change affects the incidence of infectious diseases

Skills you will gain

Health EquityInfectious DiseasesClimate SciencePopulation HealthEpidemiology
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Beginner Level

Basic knowledge of climate change. A course in natural sciences and/or human health may be helpful, but not required

Approx. 15 hours to complete
English

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Yale University

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Introduction to Climate Change and Health!

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 3 min), 3 readings
3 readings
Course Description10m
Meet your instructor, Dr. Robert Dubrow10m
Final Assignment10m
3 hours to complete

Fundamentals of Climate Change

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 67 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
The Ice is Melting and the Seas are Rising8m
Extreme Weather Events are Increasing10m
The Greenhouse Effect9m
Anthropogenic Radiative Forcing of the Climate and Climate Feedback10m
Future Climate Change16m
1 reading
Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment40m
1 practice exercise
Fundamentals of Climate Change30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Overview of Health Impacts of Climate Change, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Co-benefits

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Vulnerability5m
Overview of Adverse Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 1)12m
Overview of Adverse Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 2)12m
Determinants of Vulnerability4m
Adaptation6m
Avoiding 2 Degrees Celsius of Warming3m
Immediate Health Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation8m
1 reading
Human health: impacts, adaptation, and co-benefits - multiple selections45m
1 practice exercise
Health Impacts of Climate Change, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Co-benefits30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Extreme Weather: Heat, Storms, & Floods

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Heat-Related Illness7m
Determinants of Vulnerability To Heat Stress9m
Occupational Heat Stress4m
Urban Heat Islands6m
Future Exposure to Heat Extremes10m
Adverse Health Effects of Storms and Floods5m
Mortality Surveillance6m
Mental Disorders7m
2 readings
Human health: impacts, adaptation, and co-benefits - 720-722 (Section 11.4)15m
Health effects of coastal storms and flooding in urban areas: a review and vulnerability assessment1h
1 practice exercise
Extreme Weather: Heat, Storms, & Floods30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Water-borne Infections and Vector-borne Diseases

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Vibrio Infections: Cholera11m
Vibrio Infections: Non-Cholera3m
Vector-borne Diseases: Overview11m
Malaria (Part 1)5m
Malaria (Part 2)14m
Lyme Disease (Part 1)8m
Lyme Disease (Part 2)11m
1 reading
Human health: impacts, adaptation, and co-benefits - 722-730 (Section 11.5)15m
1 practice exercise
Water-borne Infections and Vector-borne Diseases30m
26 minutes to complete

Course conclusion

26 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 1 min), 1 reading
1 video
1 reading
What's Next?10m

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