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Advanced Topics in Climate Change Policy

Barcelona, Spain
2nd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, November 20, 2023
End Date
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, 8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Focuses on advanced issues at the forefront of climate change and public health policy and practice. Takes a complex-systems view that traverses the boundaries between sectors, spans government levels, and integrates perspectives across public and private actors. Topics to be determined each year according to faculty interest and student need. Uses case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify both traditional and unexpected climate impacts on populations, and understand their prioritization based on adaptive, iterative risk and vulnerability assessment tools
  2. Recognize approaches for incremental vs transformational adaptation, including understanding dynamic adaptive capacity and short vs longer term planning horizons
  3. Recognize co-benefits to health from climate mitigation actions, and understand approaches to evaluating trade-offs and synergies among mitigation and adaptation policies
  4. Critique climate change-related communication strategies
  5. Apply strategies for proactive cross-disciplinary collaboration, and develop and link climate and health monitoring indicators to both local and global interventions
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 60% Final Paper
Enrollment Restriction
interdivisional and undergraduate registration is not permitted for this section.
Special Comments

The course will be taught on location in Barcelona Spain, requiring students to travel to Spain in order to participate.