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Health, Food and Environment

Global Development
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Food provides many benefits, from nourishment and well-being to livelihoods. Our food systems are also at the center of many of today's global challenges, including climate change, resource scarcity, over and under-nutrition, and environmental exposures to workers and communities. This course aims at deepening one’s understanding on the role of food systems in public health and global environmental change.

Course Content

1. Foundational Principles of Public Health

2. Introduction to Environmental Health

  a) Social Determinants of Health

3. Food Systems Sustainability

  a) Urban Agriculture and Public Health

  b) Case Studies in Food Production and Public Health

4. The Global Environment, Climate Change and Public Health

5. Food Technology and Health


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