Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Medical Science G2F
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
Fail (U), Pass (G)
The Educational Board of Medicine
120 credits from a medical, nursing, physiotherapist, biomedicine, pharmacy, or biology programme or other courses providing equivalent knowledge
Develop trans-disciplinary and interprofessional cooperation in a global and environmental context for the subject neurology
Describe differences in global resources, the importance of poverty and its current spread including the effect of this in our local care
Identify environmental risks that influence the nervous system including specific biological mechanisms of man and in animal models
Give an account of environmental factors that are essential for neurological health
Give an account of risks of modern warfare (nuclear and chemical) and of climate changes from a medical perspective
Give examples of implementation of the aim of the course in the form of local efforts for sustainable development
Describe principles of medical priority at large accidents that influence the infrastructure
Skills and abilities
Carry out risk assessments and decision models for environmental impact on organisms
Calculate risks of environmental factors in a fourfold table
Describe relevant laboratory methods that are included in the course
Develop local (including own) medical care and diagnostics so that it includes aspects from global health and environmental impact
Judgement and approach
Describe influence of ethical and political issues in different social systems
Identify economic driving forces behind risks and positive development in the modern society from a global perspective
The aim of the course is to give basic information about all factors that give environmental health risks for the nervous system together with possibilities/instruments to handle these risks interdisciplinary and multiprofessionally.
Main fields of study/week (1-5)
1. Public health and epidemiology (Introduction week joint with Global Health in the physician programme) Principles of causality, complexity, Big data, risk assessment, prevention, preventive principles, public health, global aspects, poverty, access to care, resources, rehabilitation, social progress, effect on care
2. Basic science One Health anthropo-zoonosis, medical entomology, basic and clinical toxicology, ionising and non ionising radiation, noise, contaminants in water and air, endocrine disruptors, chemical effects in the environment, risks in occupational medicine
3. Environmental factors Risk factors in the environment: external/internal, local/global. Genetics, epigenetics, environmental medicine, Water circle, physiology, adaptation, metabolic biorhythms, ecology, climate changes, evolutionary biology (CNS), anthropology. Concept: critical window in the ontogenesis.
4. Neurological disease Fetal development, environmental threat and autism, global stroke risks, influence of air pollutions, brain tumours, endocrine disruptors, obesity, diabetes risk, "wellfare diseases", environmental factors at MS, neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric problems, HIV patients in Africa, trauma, post-traumatic stress syndrome, tropical diseases versus climate changes, disaster medicine versus climate changes, extreme events.
5. Economical and ethical aspects Economic driving forces behind social progress. Sustainable development. the millennium goals. Warfare: nuclear weapons, chemical risks, perspectives. Combined approaches: the new diseases, obesity. New threats: drugs in the environment. Decision-making during uncertainty. Critical assessment of alternative medicine. Hypersensitivity.
Cathedral lectures, Skype lectures of international speakers, video lectures, seminars, group assignments, laboratory sessions, study visits
Final written examination (Multiple choice questions (MCQ) + Modified question essay (MEQ), half of each).
To pass the course, 67% on final written examination is required.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. Special reason can e.g. be a notice of special educational support from the coordinator of the university.
A revised version of the reading list is available.
week 27, 2020
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Only one chance : how environmental pollution impairs brain development - and how to protect the brains of the next generation