Global Health and Climate Change Mini Course

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 1:00pm
Synchronous Zoom Sessions

This course uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to highlight the multi-faceted field of global health. The SDGs address everything from gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. In examining how health intersects with these goals, this course draws on the expertise of Pitt and CMU as well as health and sustainability practitioners. Students who complete the course will understand how climate and sustainability contribute to good health and well-being from an truly interdisciplinary perspective.

With each global health crisis, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU as well as practitioners to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With an applied focus, the course will assist students in engaging and advocating for a community on a global health issue through a policy memo. This iteration of the course will examine climate change and SDGs #13 and 15.

1 Credit for PITT students and 3 Units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each iteration of the mini-course.

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Thierault Ph.D
Department of History, Carnegie Mellon
As a sociocultural anthropologist, I study the different ways in which human societies meet their needs, settle their disputes, and make meaning of the world. As a political ecologist, I work to understand the ‘more-than-human’ nature of societies as well as the sociopolitical nature of ecosystems. My research on environmental politics is not just about struggles over resources, but also about encounters among different knowledge systems, cosmologies, and ways of being in the world.
Waggett sc.D
Department of Global Health Studies and Environmental Sciences, Allegheny College
Dr. Waggett's current current research focuses around children's health and indoor environments, building upon her research findings of elevated lead levels in children and high percentage of homes and yards in rural northwest Pennsylvania failing federal EPA safety thresholds. In addition, she also serves as a co-chair for the Environment and Human Health committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), and has actively collaborated with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide faculty development opportunities in the environmental health field to ensure more broadly educated future businesses and professional/political leaders.
Murphy Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research, scholarship, and teaching is focused on the ways that racialization patterns human relations to environments, land, and nonhuman forms of nature, both culturally and materially. He is committed to anticolonial modalities of social knowledge, and finds inspiration in the critical intellectual and historical work of W.E.B. Du Bois and Saidiya Hartman.

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center