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Climate Change and Mental Health

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 14, 2024
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2024
While climate change is not a new phenomenon, its effects on global populations are increasingly visible and public health researchers are grappling with a myriad of ways that climate change affects human health. Mental health represents an important and often overlooked piece of the framework for considering climate change and health.
Introduces mental health concepts of disorder, distress, well-being, and resilience that warrant consideration in the context of climate change. Structured around chronic and acute climate change exposures, including rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and wildfires. Explores mental health impacts of particular climate change exposures with examples from across high-, middle-, and low-resource contexts. Includes discussion of social inequalities on the impacts of climate change on mental health.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify mental health outcomes affected by climate change
  2. Describe differing impacts of climate change on mental health across varying chronic and acute climate change exposures
  3. Discuss inequalities in the impacts of climate change on mental health in high-, middle-, and low-resource settings
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Project(s)