course ID: 2020_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. This online 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. In online break-out groups students will work hands-on on real live challenges to adopt clean air policy.


By the end of the online 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

Pre-course work:

The first reading material will be provided one week prior to the start. Further readings and video clips of short lectures will be provided after each lecture.

Assessment procedure:

Participation during the online class (plenary and group work).

Students who book this course for credit (1 ECTS) must attend the 3 online blocks, the plenary lecture delivered by Nino Kuenzli on the relevance of air pollution in the context of the COVID pandemic, and at least two other online plenary lectures offered during the SSPH+ LSS 2020, and submit a short essay within 5 working days of the last lecture (details will be provided in the first lecture).

Prof. Nino Kuenzli, MD, PhD

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