What this course is
The Climate Health e-Short Course (CHeSC) is an introductory online short course addressing the connection between climate change and health developed by Code Green, a division of AMSA (Australian Medical Student’s Association). CHeSC was created to educate participants on the basic science of climate change, provide an overview of the health consequences of climate change, outline vulnerable population groups and upskill participants in how to be an advocate for those affected by climate change.
Why it’s important
Climate change has been identified as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. The effects of climate change are diverse and widespread and without the combination of rapid, community driven action and effective policy reform, these effects will continue to worsen. For these reasons it is vital now more than ever that we as a global community pull together and ensure we are each armed with the knowledge and power to do our bit to ensure this planet is preserved for future generations. As you will see in these modules, none of us are immune to the effects of climate change and we all have the power to put the brakes on this worsening health crisis and we can start today.
Have your say
Throughout this course, you will come across some discussion questions, marked like this:
This is an opportunity for you to expand your thinking on some of the content we've given you, and you are welcome to post your questions and thoughts in the discussion forums if you'd like to engage further with us or other peers on the topic.
What is covered in this course
There are four modules covered in this course:
An introduction to climate change
The science of climate change
Clinical implications of climate change
The health effects of climate change
Introduction to climate health
Climate refugees and conflict
Vector borne diseases
Air pollution and respiratory health
Vulnerable population groups in climate change
Social determinants of health
Geographical effects of climate change
Examples of vulnerable groups in the context of climate change
Introduction to the economics of climate change
Strategies for low and middle income countries to address climate change
Climate change and advocacy
Introduction to advocacy
Political power in Australia
Advocacy and climate change overview
We hope you find this course educational, engaging and inspiring and most of all we hope it empowers you to take action on climate change!