Climate Change Policy and Public Health

Climate Change Policy and Public Health

Open Online Course beginning Nov. 9

Join the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a free, four-week learning experience, “Climate Change Policy and Public Health,” beginning Nov. 9. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will explore the human impact on climate change and, ultimately, public health. It will bring in experts from around the globe to discuss three primary issues: renewable energy, agriculture and food, and urban design and active transport. All are welcome to participate regardless of prior experience.

In a time when climate change is having and will continue to have a dramatic impact on global public health, from natural disasters and the increased spread of infectious disease to predicted crop losses and heat waves, “Climate Change Policy and Public Health” will elucidate the many real benefits to climate change mitigation. Protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gases, for example, can simultaneously improve human health.

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, will teach the course. Patz is professor & director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. He co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For over 15 years, Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Widely published, Patz is founding president of the International Association for Ecology and Health. He has briefed both houses of Congress and served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences.

Patz will be the keynote speaker at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s annual forum May 7, 2016, in Sturgeon Bay.

MOOCs are free. For more information and to register:

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