Climate Change and Public Health

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Climate Change and Public Health

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Health Science, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this course

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course explores the nature, scope and public health impacts of climate change alongside other global environmental challenges within a sustainability context. Complex systems and resilience frameworks are utilised to examine the fundamental relationships between these environmental changes and human and ecosystem health across temporal and spatial scales. Strategies for building resilience in social and ecological systems in light of these challenges are also discussed.

    Course Introduction
    This course considers the nature, scope and consequences of global environmental changes, particularly climate change, within a sustainability context. A complex systems framework is used to explore the fundamental relationships between these environmental changes and human and ecosystem health. Conceptual modelling tools will be used to examine the complexity and uncertainty surrounding sustainability issues at different spatial and temporal scales.

    Attention is given to the role of health and environmental professionals in climate policy and advocacy for effective and fair mitigation and adaptation measures.

    The choices we are all facing about the kind of world we want to live in, about improving lives, protecting the planet's ecological health, and fairness are the same as those which motivate public health.

    Course Aims
    The principal aim of this course is to enable students to apply systems thinking to evaluate the impacts of climate change and other global environmental changes on public health. This course builds students' capacity to act as change agents to enhance the adaptive capacity of communities facing these impacts.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Summarise the main lines of evidence underpinning our scientific understanding of climate change
    2 Analyse the nature, scope and public health impacts of key global environmental changes using a complex systems framework
    3 Gather, evaluate and communicate information on both biophysical and socioeconomic dimensions of selected sustainability and health issues.
    4 Describe the linkages between key global environmental change phenomena
    5 Identify the co-benefits to health of climate change mitigation and adaptation
    6 Clarify personal and professional values, capabilities and possible actions needed to enhance the public health response to climate change

    Assessment Plan
    Log of Learning Activities - Learning reflection 20%/100
    Test or quiz - Mid-semester exam 20%/100
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Assignment 1 40%/100
    Presentation - technical or professional - Oral presentation 20%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.