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Environmental risks to health are responsible for a large fraction of the overall disease burden. Decision makers need to be aware of the most important environmental exposures, exposure-disease links and available options and solutions for creating a healthier environment. This course provides an introduction to environmental health, covering key facts, figures and available interventions on the most important environmental risks, including climate change, air pollution, WASH, chemicals and others.
Overview: About one quarter of the global disease burden is due to a limited number of environmental health risks. The health impacts of many environmental threats such as air pollution, drinking water, chemicals and occupational risks are well known and solutions are available. The health risks from climate change are on the rise. These topics have not sufficiently been included in relevant education.
This course aims to contribute to filling this gap by providing basic environmental health training including on risks to health from air pollution; drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), climate change, chemicals, radiation and other important environmental health risks. It presents most important exposures, health impacts and identified solutions to reduce environmental health risks and thereby adverse health impacts.
The target audience for this course is key decision makers at national, regional and municipal levels, government officials, higher-level policy-makers, key actors such as municipal staff, staff in relevant ministries (including those working with industry), community health workers, WHO and UN partner agencies’, funds’ and programmes’ country representatives and country staff, and nongovernmental organizations planning or performing country work.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available across all of the quizzes. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.