270.320 Global Change and Human Health
This course is designed to:
- explore the connections between disease and Earth's environment
- consider the implications of those links for human health in a changing environment
- examine the problems of making health policy decisions without a complete understanding of the connections.
This course covers issues such as atmospheric and oceanic systems, ecology, epidemiology, population, air pollution, established and emerging diseases and agriculture. The class finishes the term by conducting a Mini-Kyoto Conference to experience the complexity of these issues in a political sense.
There are two required texts for this course.
- Aron, Joan L. and Jonathan A. Patz, Eds. (2001). Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective, Johns Hopkins University Press (in press).
- McMichael, A. J. (1993). Planetary Overload: Global Environmental Change and The Health of the Human Species; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 352 p.
The course website contains the class schedule.
Grades will be based on homework, the mid-term and final exams, and presentations at the Mini-Kyoto Conference in the proportions:
Final Exam - 40%
Mid-term Exam - 25%
Homework - 15%
Mini-Kyoto presentations - 20%