GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY & HEALTH SEMINAR Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define the aspects of land use, energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth that contribute to environmental degradation
- Analyze how peak petroleum (AKA "after peak oil"), political obstacles, economic interests, and federal indebtedness influence how we address these issues
- Define how the "drivers" in #1 above cause climate change, ecosystem degradation, species losses, biodiversity losses, and other resource depletions
- Begin to develop an analytic framework for how we should address these issues to prevent the major health risks they present
Students and faculty discuss the causes, consequences, and implications of key global environmental challenges that we are facing and that are likely to become more challenging over time. Specifically addresses how land use (e.g., patterns of urban growth and suburban sprawl), energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth are causing climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity losses, species extinctions, and other resource depletion, and how all this is in turn is a threat to human health as individuals, in communities, and globally. Focuses on discussion and not lectures and will utilize a mix of movies, guest discussants, and student directed discussions.
Students in the MPH concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability & Health, and others interested in the challenges we face and who want to try to figure out what we as public health professionals should be trying to do about it. * Students are encouraged to take BOTH the Term 2 and Term 4 offerings of this course.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Based on attendance and participation.
Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail
Global Environment and Public Health, 180.611.01
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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