Course Descriptions


Climate Change & Health


I. HSC-561: Principles of Environmental Health and Science

This course provides a broad overview of some of the most important and current challenges to human health from environmental and occupational risk factors. Topics include the sources, pathways of exposure and methods of control of the principal physical, chemical, biologic and psychosocial factors within the environment that impact human health. The course will also address specific threats, such as outdoor and indoor air pollution, toxic metals, pesticides, radiation and occupational stressors; analyze impacts on specific diseases and injuries, such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries and impaired child development;; and introduce emerging threats, such as the hormone-mimicking potential of plastic chemicals and the impact of global climate change on heat-related mortality and shifting patterns of infectious disease. Emphasis will also be given to understanding the worsening environmental health impacts of industrialization on developing countries, the effects of globalization, such as the growing movement of hazardous industries, products, and wastes across borders and the rise of the environmental justice movement.
Reference:
i. Frumkin H, Editor (2010).Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 2Edition, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. ISBN number 9780470404874.
ii. Boersema, Jan J., Reijnders, Lucas Editor (2010).Principles of Environmental Sciences,XVIII, 542p.ISBN 978-1-4020-9158-2.

II. HSC-562: Global Climate Change & Health

This course provides intense outline to Identify and critically analyze current and potential threats to human lives and livelihoods as a result of global climate change and will also deeply focus on the Health consequences of global climate change. Topics include, weather and climate - changing human exposures, climate change and emerging infectious diseases, Communicable and non-communicable diseases. Emphasize will also be given on how global climate change is likely to affect the nature, frequency and magnitude of humanitarian emergencies, Climate change and public health, Impact on health of climate extremes, Socio-economic, environmental and population effects, National assessments of health impacts, Monitoring the health effects of climate change by incorporating some case studies.
Reference:
i. Paul Epstein &Dan Ferber: Changing Planet, Changing Health-How the Climate Crises Threatens our Health & What We Can Do About It, , Reviews: 12, University of California Press .
ii. A.J. Mcmichael, D.H Campbell-Lendrum, C.F Covalan, “Climate change and human health-risk and response”.

III. HSC-563: Livelihood Climate Change & Adaptation

The course has been focused to provide participants with an understanding of the key concepts, principles and tools of livelihoods analysis, its strengths and weaknesses, and how to use the livelihoods approach in development planning and climate change adaptation contexts. The course will cover the key concepts and principles underpinning the livelihoods approach, components of the different livelihood frameworks (DFID, OXFAM, CARE etc), Strategies for adaptation, Adaptation and adaptive capacity in the public health context, Vulnerability assessment, Strategies for reducing vulnerability and strengthening adaptive capacity, Climate and health information systems for strategic planning, Strategies for mitigation Greenhouse gas emission trends and global debates on cost-sharing, Mitigation in the short, medium and long term Policies, measures and instruments to mitigate climate change, Sustainable development and climate change mitigation, Integrating climate change considerations into development policies.
Reference:
i. Arnold J. Bloom:Global Climate Change, 1 Edition,2009,ISBN-10: 0878930272,ISBN-13: 978-0878930272.
ii. A.J. McMichael, D.H. Campbell-Lendrum, C.F. Corvalán, K.L. Ebi, A. Githeko, J.D. Scheraga and A. Woodward: Climate change and human health - risks and responses, 2003.
iii. Paul R. Epstein, Dan Ferber:Changing Planet, Changing Health,2012, ISBN: 9780520272637.

IV. HSC-564: Health, Safety & Environment Management & Administration

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding on HSE management and approaches. Topics include business dynamics of safety and health management, dimensions of safety and health training, environmental fate of pollutants, industrial hygiene and health, regulatory framework for toxic and hazardous materials, safety and health program development and implementation, toxicology principles, waste stream management, human factors of safety and health, biosafety, Occupational Health and Safety ,ISO 14001 and environmental management system.
Reference:
i. R. Day, J.A Reader and E. Rowland, “Health, Safety and Environment Legislation”, ISBM 0-85404-497-3.
ii. Taylor & Francis: Managing Health, Safety and Working Environment, Revised Edition, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-08-055740-3.

V. HSC-565: Natural Disaster Management & Health

This course provides a broad overview on General Effects of Disasters on Health and Health Problems Common to All Natural Disasters. The course will also cover topics like Immediate Health Problems Related to the Type of Disaster, Structuring Health Disaster Management, Assessing Risk, Disaster Preparedness in the Health Sector , Health Policy and Legislation on Disasters, Technical Health Programs, disaster Mitigation in the Health Sector , Vulnerability Analysis in Health Facilities, Disaster Mitigation in Drinking Water Supply and Sewerage Systems, Epidemiologic Surveillance and Disease Control, Risk of Outbreaks Following Disasters , Environmental Health Management ,Water Supply, Food Safety, Basic Sanitation and Personal Hygiene, Solid Waste Management, Vector Control, Expected Consequences of Disasters on the Food Chain , Possible Adverse Effects of Large-Scale, Long-Term Health Effects Caused by Disasters.
Reference:
i. Linda Young Landsman: Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide,American Public Health Association Press, 3 Edition, 2011.
ii. Bruce W Clements: Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response, Butterworth Heinnman, 2009.

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