Environment, Health and Climate Change

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 3PE050

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Environmental Science G1N, Public Health G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Educational Board of Medicine, 5 November 2019
Responsible department
Department of Women's and Children's Health

General provisions

This course will be organised in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), the Department of Earth Sciences.The language of this course is English.

Free standing and evening course.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will:

  • Be able to explain the relationships between health, environment, and climate change from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Better understand the major environmental health hazards and their sources, and relate these to local, regional, and global society and economy;
  • Be able to reflect on the different global health adaptations to climate change and the environment and critically relate these to socio-economic systems of migration, development, war, and global governance.


The course content encompasses:

  • Global environmental health
  • Climate change and its link with global disease burden
  • Environmental health hazards
  • International governance relevant to environmental health issues


Course duration is three weeks. Twice-weekly evening classes, with one seminar and one lecture per week. Students are expected to be studying during the days with readings, individual papers and a group case study. Lectures will be given by course teachers, and seminars will be facilitated with peer-to-peer based pedagogical structures, and active student participation.

The basic layout of the course will be followed throughout, but the content will be modified as needed


In order to pass the course, students should actively participate in all class lectures and seminars (1 credit), present in written format a group project (2 credits), and complete an independent reflection paper (2 credits).

Unauthorized absence from any of the scheduled class times will need to be supplemented with make-up tasks, oral or written. Students should come to class and seminars prepared to actively participate through discussion, reflection, and digital in-class technologies. Students will need to complete all examination in order to pass the course.

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. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.