Climate Change & Health: Infections and Inequalities

Course Description

This course examines the connections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment to highlight the influence of climate change on infectious disease and its disproportionate effect on impoverished communities.

Each session, we will spotlight a different infectious disease, exploring its history, pathophysiology and geographic spread. We will then discuss how climate change has influenced ecosystems, causing shifts in transmission and creating new challenges for treatment. We will use a biosocial approach to understanding how and why these changes disproportionately affect impoverished communities.

The course will focus on four infectious diseases: Dengue, Chagas, Schistosomiasis and Lyme. Class will begin with a lecture (50 minutes) followed by small group activities for the remainder of each session.

You will learn using podcast episodes, news articles, research studies and documentaries. There will be a guest speaker/facilitator each week to help guide small group activities.

This course offers you the opportunity to learn about climate change & health using a One Health and biosocial approach.

    Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognition of the connections between people, animals, plants and their environment
  • Familiarity with the history, pathophysiology and geographic spread of four infectious diseases (Dengue, Chagas, Schistosomiasis, Lyme)
  • Understanding of how climate change has influenced ecosystems leading to changes in disease spread and transmission
  • Ability to use a biosocial approach to highlight the disproportionate effects of climate change on impoverished communities
  • Create solutions for challenging public health problems
This course provides a foundation for further study in anthropology, environmental science, public health and medicine.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


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Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Kyle Denison Martin
Course Number: 10154