Environmental Health and Climate Change
Module Coordinator: Niall Roche
ECTS Value: 5
This module examines two critical determinants of health that in particular affect the vulnerable in developing countries. The module will introduce students to the key environmental factors (predominantly in the built environment) that currently impact on the health of the poor and practical ways to address these risks to human health. The second part of the module will aim to provide students with an appreciation of climate change as an emerging threat to health and development and examine how health systems need to adapt.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and understanding of what environmental health and climate change mean in the currently global health context.
- Develop an awareness of the key components of environmental health to consider in the design and implementation of a public health programme.
- Develop an awareness of how climate change and health issues can be tackled in terms of financing, actors and action (adaptation and mitigation)
- Integrate environmental health and climate change into the global debate on poverty alleviation and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Introduction to environmental health and climate change
Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply
Settlement planning, vector control and indoor air pollution
The science of climate change and the impact of climate change on human health
Mitigation and Adaptation to climate change including Disaster Risk Reduction
Financing and advocating on the issue of climate change and health
Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
The module will cover between 20-25 hours of contact time. The module is delivered in a participatory fashion encouraging shared learning amongst participants. A range of methods are provided including direct teaching through PowerPoint, brainstorming, group exercises, case studies and video. Teaching and reading materials will be posted through Moodle to facilitate preparation before class and self learning.