Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response

Environmental Health
Online Course
1.25 hours
Columbia University
Columbia Regional Learning Center
Environmental Hazards

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Without substantial changes in emissions rates, climate change from the buildup of greenhouse gases is likely to lead to extensive transformations of U.S. ecosystems and coastlines later this century. The U.S. Department of Defense's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review recently determined that climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease and may spur or exacerbate global mass migration. The online course includes a pre-test, a one hour interactive module specifically addressing the climate predictions outlined by U.S. Federal agencies, and a post test. After passing the latter portion, the learner can participate in an interactive case study and receive a certificate of completion.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe 3 climate change trends supported by scientific evidence
  • Recognize 4 environmental effects caused by climate change
  • Name 6 potential health effects that result from the environmental changes caused by climate change
  • Identify the roles of the 10 essential public health services in climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Identify 4 steps a public health worker can take to personally and professionally address climate change problems
PHEP Capabilities: 
Public Health Laboratory Testing
Community Recovery
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Information Sharing
Responder Safety and Health
Emergency Public Information and Warning
Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
Community Preparedness