Air Pollution, Climate Change and Health
Area of Study
Environmental Studies, Global Health
Hours & Credits
This course aims to 1) introduce the basic scientific knowledge about indoor and outdoor air pollution,
as well as global and regional climate change, in relation to human health, to undergraduates in Fudan
University; 2) to make the students prepared to be enrolled in an interested scientific research project in this
field; 3) to broaden students’ vision about the environment and health in international perspectives; 4) to
enhance students’ ability in communication, scientific thinking and learning in English.
The environment is of great significance to human health. Air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, is closely
related to different health problems in different populations. Climate closely interacts with ambient air
pollution and affects human health independently. Currently, global climate change has been observed and
heatwave and the cold wave has been reported to happen more frequently. In this course, the following
questions will be talked and discussed: What air pollution in indoor and outdoor environments? What types
of compounds form pollution? Can we measure them? Do we know the level of different pollutants?
How about the relationship between outdoor and indoor environments? Is it safer staying in an indoor
environment if there is high outdoor air pollution? Do we have any measures to prevent or lower the
pollution level? What are the health effects of these pollutants? Do they affect our respiratory health,
cardiovascular system or even our endocrine system? How about the current climate if compared with old
times? Is there any change? How much it will affect our health?
By active interaction with students in class and preparation after class, students will benefit by obtaining
more scientific knowledge in air pollution, climate change, and human health, getting more experienced on
understanding the health effects of the environment, becoming more skilled in communication in English and
prepared better for international study in future life.