At (LSHTM), students prepare for careers in change – specifically, specializing in what the United Nations describes as the “defining task of the 21st century”: making peace with nature by fighting change. climatic.
A graduate of the LSHTM, Dr. Elaine Flores understands the importance of this mission. “The use and exploitation of the earth’s resources by human societies has had a profound impact on the natural systems we depend on to survive and thrive,” she says.
“Planetary health aims to assess the transdisciplinary relationships between human health and environmental exposures, whether temperature and humidity conditions, biological agents or chemical factors, while addressing the influence and consequences of disruption of these natural systems.”
To launch a new public health goal, LSHTM focuses on six challengess of the future on our changing planet. Each offers a targeted approach to adopting new ideas, technologies and methodologies. Take the “plan, prevent, prepare” philosophy, for example, which takes bold action to address the multiple, dynamic and interacting threats of climate change, disease and mass migration. So far he has modeled the changing threat of malaria and dengue in response to our changing climate.
It’s clear that when it comes to planetary health, LSHTM knows what it’s doing. To produce confident graduates capable of making breakthrough discoveries beyond campus, the school has developed the MSc Climate Change & Planetary Health. This program is one of the first of its kind, designed to teach students the art of applying the concepts of planetary health, global environmental change, and sustainable development to inform and advocate a planetary health perspective in global public health. .
The task at hand is far from simple, which is why the program draws on various disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, and data science – each of which is increasingly becoming most topical in several industries.
“The MSc will train a new generation of interdisciplinary experts who want to work in planetary health research, policy and/or practice,” says Dr Sarah Whitmee. “This would be an excellent program for those interested in better understanding planetary health processes and addressing the challenges posed in this emerging field. It will equip them with all the tools necessary to make a valuable contribution to planetary health and sustainable development in low-, middle- and high-income countries and promote solutions from a planetary health perspective.
Meanwhile, the flagship MSc Public Health (Environment and Health Stream) offers multidisciplinary training for those wishing to study the relationships between health and the environment. Students can expect to apply knowledge from core public health disciplines such as statistics, epidemiology, health economics, and social research to real-world health issues.
A good example of LSHTM’s experience in this area is the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), which is co-chaired by Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health. This three-year project produces global scientific analyzes and recommendations aimed at combating climate change.
IAP’s new report, ‘Health in the climate emergency – a global perspective’, examines how the climate crisis is affecting health around the world, as well as the climate mitigation and adaptation measures that could bring significant improvements in health and health equity. The report calls for urgent action to build climate-health resilience and limit future risks.
“The need for urgent action is clear, but greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Increasing the appetite for deep emission reductions is key to reducing health risks from climate change and will also bring short-term health benefits.
LSHTM’s ability to produce world changers is evident through its exceptional network of alumni, which includes Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization and Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chief Medical Adviser to the British Government and leader of the public health profession.
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