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Title: Climate change and health: initiating and leading transformational change (NOT OFFERED IN 2023)
Keywords: Pollution
Health in all policies
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Center for International Health at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München
Course coordinator: Lisa Hoffaeller
Date start: 2022-03-01
Date end: 2022-06-17
About duration and dates: synchronous sessions: 01.03.; 31.03.; 01.04.; 06.05. and 17.06.2022; asynchronous sessions: in between synchronous sessions, no more than 2-3 meetings per month (tutor-facilitated)
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Distance-based
Course location: Online based course
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
Pre-reading: 20 hours
Online learning: 45 hours (includes online teaching and group work in break-out sessions)
Post-course assignment: 25 hours
Total SIT: 90 hours
Language: English
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Recognize the basic mechanisms of climate change and other key dimensions of planetary health, explain its main drivers and observed and projected consequences
- Illustrate observed and projected health impacts of climate change, present the concept of health adaptation measures and give examples
- Explain health co-benefits of climate change mitigation measures in other sectors and give examples
- Construct an argument for the need of transformational change in the context of climate change & planetary health and use new methods for creating a transformational case/agenda
- Identify the case for transformation to advocate for the climate change & health agenda and co-create a draft transformational agenda in a concrete local context/institution
Assessment Procedures:

During the online module, participants will identify and start working on an individually defined case for transformation in relation to climate change & planetary health. After the first two 2-day modules, participants will turn the collected material into a 8-10 page presentation to be presented as a 8-10 min presentation in the final 1 day module as discussed between participant and lecturer, in self-study. This includes further elaborating the case and developing possible transformational options for action.
The presentation will be rated according to the following criteria defined in an assessment grid: demonstrating appropriate application of learning objectives, use of provided and additional literature, independent thinking (selection of topic, reflection of course content in the development of own idea and line of argumentation) and rationale for a transformational idea with reference to practical implementation.
The final grade will be based on the introductory presentation on the case developed during the pre-reading week (30% of the overall grade; emphasis on learning objectives 1-3) and the grading of the presentation (emphasis on the learning objectives 4 and 5) (70% of the overall grade) (Grades A - E as pass, F for fail).
A failed introductory presentation can be compensated and will be assessed trough in-class participation.
A failed final presentation can be presented again after 10-14 days on the same topic by incorporating feedback from the course facilitators. The maximum grade that can be awarded for a second presentation can be the pass mark Grade E.
The module is multidisciplinary and draws upon experts’ knowledge, experience and skills, including:
- introduction to climate science and climate change and planetary health science
- associations between climate change and human health, presentation of observed and projected health impacts (beneficial and adverse effects) and discussion of selected examples
- concepts of health adaptation to climate change, such as early warning systems for extreme weather events and heat health action plans; health co-benefits from climate change mitigation measures, for example through the reduction of air pollution from new mobility and transport schemes. Discussion of examples on institutional, city, country and global level. Frameworks of climate change, the health aspects of the SDG framework and planetary health with focus on interlinkages and synergies
- transformational change concepts and examples in different sectors
- concept of becoming a change agent and concept of movements for transformational change including examples and the opportunity to practice
- first steps in designing and co-creating a transformational change agenda
The overall module is split in three parts:
a) individual pre-reading over the first week, before the face to face course starts (22% of the overall module)
b) an online learning module (tutor facilitated; 50% of the overall module)
c ) individual work on a defined case chosen by the course participant, preparation and delivery of presentation (28% of the overall module)

The online module is conveyed with predominantly participatory learning methods, including interactive lectures, led by experts in the field, individual and group exercises, peer coaching, peer teaching, role plays, case studies and action learning.
- Proof of English language fluency: tropEd students from an accredited tropEd home institution who have passed a core course in English will be considered sufficiently fluent in the English language. Also, students who can provide proof of academic education at Bachelor’s level passed in English will be considered sufficiently fluent. Applicants not being able to fulfil either of these criteria will be asked to prove fluency by a TOEFL (iBT score >= 79) or IELTS (score >=6.0).
- Participants do not require previous knowledge on climate change and health as basic knowledge will be generated through the pre-reading materials.
Max. number of participants: 60 (number of tropEd students not limited within this group size)
Participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis
EUR 600,-
tropEd accreditation:
At tropEd GA in London September 2019. This accreditation is valid until September 2024.
Remarks: Online delivery via Zoom in 2020 due to the Corona crisis.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2019-10-22 04:42:38 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-10-22 08:52:43 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-10-22 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2022-11-18 11:01:01 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany