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D01-6:Climate Change and Health

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Course Information

(This course is developed and contributed by Professor Emily YY Chan and her academic and technical team at CCOUC of Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The content of this online course is partially based on the teaching materials developed by Professor Chan at CUHK and University of Oxford in the relevant subject areas.)

 

Notes:

1) The 5th cohort of the course is now closed. The 6th cohort is now open for registration and study on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registration, students are allowed to study the course until 31 Dec 2018 at their own pace. A certificate of completion will be issued for participants who have successfully completed the course.​

About this course

Climate change is an important topic for public health practice. As the frequency and severity of climate-related disasters increase, in order to protect health and well-being, the need to understand and prepare for unforeseeable events is rapidly growing. This course will provide participants with an overview of issues in relation to climate change and health in the context of public health practice. Furthermore, it introduces important concepts of how to tackle climate change related health impacts and how to support community preparedness, response, policy formulation and implementation.

 

What you'll learn

Knowledge

  • The principles of public health and determinants of health 
  • The relationship between climate change and disasters
  • The definition of different types of natural disaster and weather-related events, such as extreme weather event, drought, flood etc
  • The association between the change of temperature and rainfall and the transmission of infectious diseases

Understanding

  • The overview of climate change, its causes and classification
  • The global health burden and human health challenges related to climate change events
  • The health risk perception and the common human behavioural patterns related to the climate change
  • The policy implication for different adaptation and mitigation strategies related to the climate change

Skills

  • To identify the methods to measure the burden of disease attribute to climate change related event
  • To interpret the biostatistics model and epidemiology studies that predicting the association between climate change and health outcomes 
  • To describe the strengths and weakness of these biostatistics models to assess future health risks
  • To outline the potential strategies and public health action that can mitigate the adverse health impacts under the extreme weather events or climate-related disasters

 

Target Audience

The target audience for the course is individuals studying and working in health, policy, education and humanitarian sectors. Students may be civil servants, healthcare personnel, frontline disaster relief practitioners, and undergraduate or postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. This online course will be available to anyone in the world.

Objectives
  • Understand and discuss climate change impact on health in the context of public health
  • Understand key climate change events and existing studies and their link to public health related actions 
  • Explore what has been and can be done to minimise health impacts of climate change from public heath perspectives: adaptation and mitigation
  • Introduce recent research findings and policies in relation to climate change and health
 
List of Lectures
  1. Introduction to Climate change 
  2. Health challenges Related to the Impacts of Climate Change 1
  3. Health challenges Related to the Impacts of Climate Change 2
  4. Health challenges Related to the Impacts of Climate Change 3
  5. Impacts of Climate Change On Communicable Diseases
  6. Impacts of Climate Change on Non-Communicable Diseases 
  7. Response to Climate Change: Adaptation
  8. Response to Climate Change: Mitigation 

 

Assessment

Two types of assessment in the course:

  • Short self-assessment quizzes to help students gauge their understanding of the course (Quiz 1-4), and 
  • A longer final quiz to conclude the course. All questions are randomly drawn from a question bank. There is no upper limit to the number of attempts for all quizzes.

‘Students achieving 60% or higher in the final quiz will be issued a certificate of completion’

Assessment Scheme

Description

Passing Grade

Quiz 1

Quiz 2

Quiz 3

Quiz 4

Final Quiz

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 1

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 4

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 6

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 8

30 MCQs administered after Lesson 7

80% or more

80% or more

80% or more

80% or more

60% or more

CME/CPD Accreditations
College  CME / CPD Points* CME / CPD Category
Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (AN) 8 Non-Ana Passive
Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (CM) 8 AP/SS
College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong (DS) 8 Self-study
Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine (EM) 8 SS
Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (FP) 8 Cat. 5.2
Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (OG) Pending  
College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong (OP) 8 Passive
Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons (OS) 8 Cat. C
Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists (OT) 4 Cat. 2.2
Hong Kong College of Paediatricians (PD) 8 Cat. E
Hong Kong College of Pathologists (PA) 4 PP
Hong Kong College of Physicians (PH) 2  
The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists (PS) 8 SSOL
Hong Kong College of Radiologists (RA) 8 Cat. B
The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (SU) 8 Self-study
MCHK CME Programme 8 Self-study

Note: *The CME/CPD accreditations from the above colleges are valid from 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2017.​

Effective Date 
1 June 2017

Level 
Intermediate
Length 
8 Lectures
Effort 
1-2 hours of self-study per lecture
Subject 
Public Health
Institution 
Language 
English
certificate
Training certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.
cme-cpd-accreditations
CME/CPD accreditation is available for this course.
free-course
This is a free course.
CUHK / CCOUC

Professor Emily Ying-yang CHAN (Module Organiser)

Emily Chan is Professor and Associate Director at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Centre Director at Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Honorary Research Fellow at the Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine, Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University FXB Center and Fellow at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. She received academic training in Johns Hopkins University, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, health needs and programme impact evaluation of evidence-based medical and public health interventions in resource deficit settings, climate change and health, global health, and violence and injury epidemiology. She also has rich public health frontline experience.

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Dr Holly Lam [Tutor]

Postdoctoral Fellow, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response​