Environment, Health and Climate Change

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 3PE050

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, 27 February 2024
Responsible department
Department of Women's and Children's Health

General provisions

This course will be organised by the Department of Women's and Children's Health in collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Explain the relationships between health, environment, and climate change from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Competence and skills 

  •  Describe major environmental health hazards and their sources, and relate these to questions of equity on the local, regional, and global scale
  • Critically analyse reasons for and  responses to environmental and climate change challenges  based on 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.  Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in specific areas, such as toxicants and pollutants, water and sanitation, air pollution, waste management, vector-borne diseases, and urban 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 two weeks online and one week on campus in Uppsala, with mutliple lectures and seminars (of which two will be compulsory). Students will beexpected to use their time outside of lectures on reading and group work. Lectures will be given by course teachers and guest lecturers. Active student participation and peer-learning is emphasized in the classroom and in group work. The group work is designed to follow a Challenge-Based Learning structure.


In order to pass the course, active participation in all mandatory sessions and passing grades in group presentations (2.5 credits), as well as passing grades in written individual assignments (2.5 credits), are 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. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.