Climate change has profound impacts on health including food insecurity, degraded air quality, civil unrest, and changes in vector-borne disease. This course explores the physiologic, ecologic and social interactions resulting in these impacts and provides a foundation in climate medicine and skills in science communication, policy and advocacy.
This course builds on basic medical knowledge and clinical experience gained during the first 3 years of medical education and provides a unique avenue to apply this knowledge to the challenge of global environmental change. Climate medicine builds upon the clinical and basic science of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, heat related illness, pharmacology, geriatric care, gastrointestinal disease, infectious disease, pediatrics, obstetrics and more. It also emphasized a holistic view of human health which encompasses the physical environment and the social determinants of health.
Topics covered in the course include: heat waves and heat illness, extreme weather, vector-borne diseases, mental health, air degradation, water and food security, and vulnerable populations.
Develop a critical understanding of climate change and how to address resulting health threats. Build skills in clinical care, communication, professionalism, & more!