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Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response (ENV 1704)Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response (ENV 1704)

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.

Upon successful completion of all the course content, you can obtain your certificate by clicking on the "My Account" link available at the top of this page. 

Estimated Length: 1 hour(s) and 20 minute(s)


Name View Schedule
Online Lesson1. Pre Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material - Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response -
Online Lesson3. Post Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


Course Objectives

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:

  •  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.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation,
  • Responder Safety and Health,
  • Emergency Public Information and Warning


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • 1.6 Act within the scope of oneÆs legal authority.
  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol.
  • 2.5 Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.
  • 3.1 Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA).
  • 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
  • 4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats.
  • 4.3 Report unresolved threats to physical and mental health through the chain of command.

Learning Objectives:

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
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