Climate change and health: Moving from theory to practice (2) NextGenU

1 August, 2018

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Melting Globe

This Climate Change and Health Certificate Climate Change and Healthcourse teaches about the effects of climate change on human health (through online didactics), and gives a chance to practice techniques to reduce those effects (with globally-available peers and mentors). All components of this training (like all trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

There are 4 modules to complete through online study and peer-to-peer activities. These modules provide a basic introduction to the science of climate change, an overview of how climate change is affecting public health, some strategies to predict and communicate climate change, and suggestions on how we can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

There are practice quizzes in each module, and at the end of the course you’ll have a final exam, and a chance to give your assessment of this training. We will give you all the results of your assessments, such as your final exam and peer activities. We can report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) that you request. We hope this is a wonderful learning experience for you, and the assessment that you provide at the course’s conclusion will help us improve the training for future students.

This course is co-sponsored by: Physicians for Social Responsibility,, International Society of Doctors for the Environment, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, and Health Care Without Harm. This course uses adapted competencies on climate change and health recommended by the World Health Organization and the World Medical Association, and uses resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the World Meteorological Organization. The course developer is Erica Frank, MD, MPH, and our Advisory Group is: Robert Gould, MD; Thomas L. Hall, MD, DrPH; Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD; and Bill McKibben. We gratefully acknowledge major contributions from: Dr. Mike Benusic; Ms. Yasmin Kassam; Dr. Max Pensel; and Dr. Caroline Walker.

Approximate time required for the required readings for the course is 37 hours at an average rate of 144 words/minute; in addition, there are required activities.



Erica Frank, MD, MPH

Professor + Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia

Founder + President,

HIFA profile: Erica Frank is Founder and President of, the world's first portal to free, accredited higher education, now being used in >200 countries, and offering the world's first free degree (a Master's degree in Public Health), as well as a MedSchoolInABox that includes Graduate Medical Education. Erica is Professor and Canada Research Chair of Preventive Medicine and Population Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and is a physician specializing in preventive medicine. Her research established the strong and consistent influence of clinicians' health habits on their patients. She was Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Preventive Medicine (1994-1999), and the 2008 President of the Nobel Peace Prize winning (1985 and 2017) Physicians for Social Responsibility.