course ID: 2021_cAPoll

Is Breathing killing us? Tackling Air Pollution using science for policies to protect health


Ambient air pollution is a leading cause of morbidities and premature death. The course provides basic insights into the measurement, modelling and monitoring of exposure to air pollution, it’s health effects and the overall impact and costs for public health. Clean air policy solutions will be introduced with success stories, “low hanging fruits” and global challenges for the implementation of these policies. Students will explore global examples of policy approaches and strength and limitations in their own countries. Group work of students will draft strategies to adopt at least one clean air policy.


By the end of the course participants will: understand properties and sources of ambient air pollution, its health effects, and the link of these effects with the burden of disease locally, regionally and globally. Students will train and discuss how research can be linked to policy making to improve air quality and public health.


Professional or academic background in public health, environmental health, exposure sciences or policy making in the field of health and the environment (or related fields) are an advantage to follow this inter-disciplinary course.

Pedagogical method:

Preparatory video lecture, plenary lectures, in-class exercises online and offline, group discussions.

Assessment procedure:

Active participation in class; deliverable of an in-class work; students who take the course for credit (1 ECTS) will write a short essay about an assigned topic. Deadline for delivery 31.8.2021

Prof. Nino Kuenzli, MD, PhD

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)