The certificate is approved for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by the Yale School of Medicine, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The full details as approved can be reviewed below.
Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century, and this 18-week, intensive online program for public health professionals and other learners is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and proven strategies needed to mitigate the health impacts of climate change in their community and improve health and awareness.
Course 1: Introduction to Climate Change and Health
Following completion of the course, students will be able to:
- At an introductory level, describe how the climate has changed, explain the role of greenhouse gases in climate change, and describe how the climate is predicted to change in the future
- Describe how climate change adversely impacts population health, with differing vulnerability across population sub-groups, through direct effects; through ecosystem transformation and degradation; and through the stress it places on political, economic, and social systems
- Explain how adaptation and mitigation strategies can reduce adverse health impacts of climate change and can generate substantial non-climate health benefits in a just and equitable manner
- Students will be able to define adaptation through detailed examples representing varied spatial and temporal scales
- Students will be able to use of vulnerability assessments to identify and prioritize opportunities for adaptation
- Students will be able to discuss the iterative stages of planning, implementation, and improvement for successful adaptation action
Course 3: Communicating Climate Change and Health
- Students will be able to communicate with the public about climate change-related health risks, and on protective actions to reduce these risks, discussing both personal risk reduction behaviors and collective actions to advocate for legislative and regulatory changes
- Students will be able to review best practices in health risk communication
- Students will be able to examine specific challenges of climate change communication and effective strategies to address them