Wendy L. Hellerstedt, MPH, PhD
Climate change is the most important public health challenge of our lifetime. There is scientific consensus that our planet is in danger because of fossil fuel emissions. Human activity has led to increasing greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) and a warming planet. A warming planet has negative consequences in terms of environmental degradation, extreme weather events, and social disruption—all of which have health and economic consequences. We can—and we must—take actions to adapt to climate-related changes and to mitigate its effects. Such global and local actions must come from individuals, businesses, communities, and governments. Public health professionals have a large role in guiding policy, programs, and education to promote and assist such actions.
This course will present a public health perspective on climate change to assist public health professionals assess and respond to its threats. We will examine how climate change is defined and assessed; its environmental causes and effects; and its effects on populations. We will also examine public health initiatives that include mitigation and adaptation responses; public education strategies; and policy options to reduce climate change, minimize its effects, and heighten resilience.
This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-114 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.
For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the scientific basis that supports the existence of global climate change and the projections of its effects.
- Describe the current and projected effects of climate change on human, animal, and insect populations.
- Describe the relationship between climate change and environmental quality.
- Identify key evidence-based resources about climate change that can be used as a basis for public health communication to individuals, program funders, and policymakers.
- Identify the populations most vulnerable to the economic, social, and health effects of climate change.
- Acquire knowledge about public health program and policy initiatives to mitigate, adapt, and/or build population resilience to climate change.
- Develop communication strategies to educate the public about the existence of climate change and about the potential for individual and public efforts to address it.
- Consider controversial mitigation policy strategies (e.g., population control), the populations who may become (or are) most vulnerable to them, and advocacy approaches.
- Understand how the foundations of public health practice support the leadership role of public health professionals to create programs and policies to address climate change.
Registration & Cancellation
The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.
The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.
All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Contact & Questions
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