A plan by President Barack Obama to better protect public health from the impacts of climate change has been signed by the Yale School of Public Health and a host of other top public health, medical and nursing schools across the country.
Unveiled Tuesday as part of National Public Health Week, the plan outlines a series of measures to minimize the potentially severe public health consequences associated with changing weather patterns.
By signing the document, Dean Paul Cleary and the leaders of other top schools commit to train the next generation of health professionals to address what are expected to be far-reaching consequences on physical and mental health in communities around the world.
“I have no doubt that the direct and indirect effects of climate change on health will become increasingly important over the coming decade,” Dr. Cleary said. “It is important that we continue to think about how best to educate the public health leaders of tomorrow so that they will be able to address these incredibly important issues.”
Toward this, the Yale School of Public Health is currently developing a course, “Climate Change, Energy and Health,” that will be geared toward both public health students and undergraduates, particularly undergraduates who are Global Health Fellows and Energy Studies Undergraduate Scholars. The course will be offered for the first time in the fall of 2016.
“The field of climate change and health is still in its infancy. Developing and teaching this course will serve as a vehicle for me to become immersed in this complex problem and I hope will make an important contribution by educating future public health leaders,” said Professor Robert Dubrow, who is developing the course.