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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. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week...

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What you will learn

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

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    Describe the range of adverse health impacts of climate change

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

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    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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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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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. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Introduction to Climate Change and Health!

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

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
3 hours to complete

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

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
5 hours to complete

Extreme Weather: Heat, Storms, & Floods

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
3 hours to complete

Water-borne Infections and Vector-borne Diseases

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

1 video (Total 1 min), 1 reading
1 video
1 reading
What's Next?10m

Instructor

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Robert Dubrow

Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences); Faculty Director, Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDSClimate Change and HealthClimate Change and Health Online CertificateEnvironmental Health SciencesSchool of Public HealthYale Cancer CenterYale Institute for Global Health

About Yale University

For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines. ...

About the Climate Change and Health: From Science to Action Specialization

Climate change is arguably the greatest public health threat we face. To address it successfully, health and environmental professionals, advocates, and others need to acquire new skills and a deeper understanding of its challenges and solutions. This specialization is for those who wish to understand the impact of climate change on health and are committed to protecting the health of populations using the knowledge and skills they will acquire....
Climate Change and Health: From Science to Action

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