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, 25 February 2020
Responsible department
Department of Women's and Children's Health

General provisions

This course will be organised by Department of Women's and Children's Health in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), the Department of Earth Sciences.

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.
  • Be able to describe major environmental health hazards and their sources, and relate these to questions of equity on the local, regional, and global scale
  • Critically analyse evidence of responses to environmental and climate change based on challenges from global health and sustainable development perspectives.


This course is an introduction to the interrelations between environment, health and climate change. It approaches the topics through the frameworks of global health and sustainable development. Following an introduction to these fields, the course develops in to case-based studies, critically looking at evidence of both the causes and responses to these issues. Students will work in groups and individually to assess global challenges including environmental health hazards and equity issues. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in specific areas, such as toxicants and pollutants, water and sanitation, waste management, vector-borne diseases, and urban and rural environments. They will be tasked with relating these health hazards to issues of migration, natural disasters, war, development and urbanisation.


This is a freestanding course in English. Course duration is three weeks, with at least two seminars and two lectures each 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 through peer-to-peer based pedagogical structures, and active student participation.


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

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.