Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial and marine ecosystems on a global scale. Evidence is mounting that these changes may already be having serious effects on human health, and there is growing concern that in coming decades the effects could be catastrophic. This course was developed because the practice of public health in this century requires an understanding of the relationship between human health and the global environment. It provides an overview of climate change and biodiversity loss, two key examples of global environmental change, their potential consequences for human health, and explores solutions to these problems and the challenges inherent in realizing those solutions. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard School of Public Health course Environmental Health 278-02, which meets March 24-May 14. Register through May 9, late register with a $50 late fee and drop for 100 percent tuition refund through March 30. (4 credits)
bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.
ENVR E-165 Human Health and Global Environmental Change (23703)
Spring term 2015
Aaron Bernstein, MD. Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health.
Jonathan Buonocore, ScD. Program Leader, Climate, Energy, and Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health.
Course tuition: noncredit $1,250, undergraduate credit $1,250, graduate credit $2,200
Limited enrollment.
Online only, beginning March 24.