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What are the health effects of our changing environment and climate?

Thursday - June 2, 2022

Note: below blog is written on behalf of Bayreuth University introducing their new free study program: MSc Environment, Climate Change and Health.

During the last two decades it has been proven that environmental and climate changes are related to substantial physical and mental hazards of humans. There is an increase in infectious diseases, in cardiovascular diseases, in allergies as well as a rising incidence in tumor diseases. For an appropriate management of climate-, environment and health-associated difficulties in near future, an emphasis must be given in the understanding of the correlation between environment, climate change and health from a scientific and educational point of view. 

Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Not everyone is equally at risk. Important considerations include age, economic resources, and location.

Public health can be affected by disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere. The health effects of these disruptions include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events, changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, and threats to mental health.

Increased heat, drought and insect outbreaks, are some main sources which all linked to climate change, and increased wildfires, declined water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns.

University of Bayreuth, Germany

If you are interested to know more and especially study this topic, then we invite you to join the Webinar from Bayreuth University on their Master´s Degree in Environment, Climate Change and Health. You can sign up to view it here:
Watch the Webinar on this FREE Study at Bayreuth in Germany!

The new international master’s program: Environment, Climate Change and Health is a 2-year English-taught program. It provides a broad knowledge of causal relations between changing environment (e.g. biodiversity loss), climate (continuously rising temperatures) and health based on an integrative, interdisciplinary perspective including natural science, economics, jurisprudence and social science.

Solution-orientated management will be trained and international networking will be promoted.

Emphasis will be given on:

  • diseases related to environmental and climate change
  • strategies to handle and prevent these medical conditions
  • mitigation and adaptation policies
  • interdependent responsibilities of policy, industry and general public as well as on
  • possibilities and strategies for a climate- and environment-friendly and healthy lifestyle.

The intended audience for this online webinar are students with a bachelor degree in in economics, social, natural or health science, health economics, nursing, philosophy & economics, medicine or public health and an English proficiency level of B2 at least.

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