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Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response Online Course


Upon successful completion of all the course content, you can obtain a certificate for “Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response”.

The goals of this course are to:

  • Familiarize the learner to the basic concepts of and trends related to climate change and health effects;
  • Explore the relationship of climate change to a vector-borne disease outbreak through an applied case study simulation.

Key messages of this course are:

  • Climate change is real.
  • Climate change directly and indirectly impacts our environment and our health.
  • Public health plays a role in addressing climate change problems and protecting human health.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • 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.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, All-Hazards, Climate, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Health Education, Workforce Competency


Institutional Author:

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness




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