Dr Pedro Beltran-Alvarez, Senior Lecturer in Health and Climate Change, Centre for Biomedicine, Hull York Medical School, and co-Director of the new MSc, said: “We really look forward to welcoming current and future health leaders to our friendly campus, and to working with them towards understanding current opportunities to reap the co-benefits of addressing public health and climate issues in a joint and combined way. It is this hope and this passion that drive us towards helping students into their next steps in their careers.”
The course will look at defining the predicted consequences of climate change on, for example, cardiorespiratory disease, vector-borne diseases, infections and immunity, nutrition and health inequalities.
Academic staff from the University of Hull’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Science and Engineering will teach the pioneering course. There will also be a range of guest speakers, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the interactions between climate and health. Through taught teaching sessions, blended learning and the student’s own research, an in-depth understanding of the interconnectedness between human health and the environment will be achieved.
The module content will focus around environmental change, environmental data analysis, infection and immunity and there will be a dissertation on health and climate change. The course is offered on a full or part-time basis.
Professor Lesley Smith, Professor of Women’s Public Health and co-Director of the MSc Health and Climate Change, said: “We hope this novel MSc will inspire students to embrace the challenges of climate change and impacts on planetary and human health to generate innovative ideas and become global health ambassadors in the era of the Anthropocene.”
The University of Hull has established collaborations with local authorities and organisations and has paired up with existing and successful MSc programmes at the University to ensure that graduates of the new masters degree programme will acquire the skills and the expertise that they need to become leaders in their chosen field of health and climate change.