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UCLA Offers Free Course: "Public Health Impacts of Climate Change and Steps Toward Protecting Our Communities"

The UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions (C-Solutions), in partnership with UCLA Extension, is offering a free open course taught by Dr. Jonathan Fielding, UCLA FSPH distinguished professor of health policy and management, on the public health impacts of climate change

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Friday, June 25, 2021
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The UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions (C-Solutions), in partnership with UCLA Extension, is offering a free open course taught by Dr. Jonathan Fielding, UCLA FSPH distinguished professor of health policy and management, on the public health impacts of climate change.

No longer a distant threat, human-caused climate change directly affects public health, and its effects are likely to worsen over time. This course taught by Dr. Jonathan Fielding and guest speakers Dr. Diane Garcia Gonzales and Dr. Brian Cole will provide an overview of the health implications of climate change, including the harmful physical and mental health impacts of various manifestations of climate change (for example, excessive heat, worsening air pollution, wildfires, and extreme weather events).

The course will explore the ways in which climate change amplifies existing health disparities so that certain populations are disproportionately exposed to climate stressors while also lacking adequate resources to prepare for and cope with adverse climate effects. Tested solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change will be discussed, with an emphasis on effective community-based efforts and climate policies.

Each week, students will be invited to participate in a live session that includes a presentation, Q&A, and networking opportunity. Students will also be provided with suggested reading lists, optional short activities, and opportunities to discuss with peers online to help deepen their understanding.

Speaker Schedule:

Week 1 | July 13
Webinar led by: Dr. Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MA
Topic: Overview of Health Impacts of Climate Change

Dr. Fielding is a distinguished professor in the Fielding School of Public Health and former public health director for Los Angeles County. He is also a founder and co-director of the UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions, which focuses on protecting human health from the harmful effects of climate change. 

Week 2 | July 20
Webinar led by: Dr. Diane A. Garcia-Gonzales, PhD, MPH
Topic: Climate Change and Equity

Dr. Garcia-Gonzales is an air quality and climate change scientist who is interested in the intersection between the environment and human health. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA, where her research is focused on quantifying the impacts of climate change on California’s natural working lands.

Week 3 |July 27
Webinar led by: Dr. Brian Cole, DrPH
Topic: Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Dr. Cole is an assistant professor in residence in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He earned his doctorate in public health, specializing in community health sciences.

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