ENV 606a/EHS 560 () / 2021-2022

Methods in Climate Change and Health Research

Note: this course information is for the 2021-2022 academic year, not the current academic year (2020-2021).
Credits: 3
Fall 2021: Time and location TBA

Climate change is recognized as one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. This course will take multidisciplinary approaches to identify, assess, quantify, and project public health impacts of climate change and of measures to address climate change. It will first introduce the fundamental principles of health impact assessment and give a brief overview of the public health approaches to address climate change. Then it will apply advanced data analysis methodologies in environmental epidemiology, including time-series analysis, spatial epidemiology, and vulnerability assessment, to characterize the present climate-health (exposure-response) relationships and to identify vulnerable populations. This course will discuss key concepts of scenario-based climate projections and their applications in projecting future health impacts, evaluating health co-benefits of climate mitigation polices, and assessing climate change adaptation measures. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on computer lab excises with real-data examples and R scripts.