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

Learn how and why air pollution impacts our health and how to use research and data to inform policy making to improve air quality and public health.

Is Breathing killing us? Tackling Air Pollution using science for policies to protect health
At a glance
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22
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24
August 2022
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13:30
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16:30
CEST
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Format: 
Hybrid
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Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate

About the course

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, its 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.

Learning objectives

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
  • Train and discuss how research can be linked to policy making to improve air quality and public health

Prerequisites

  • 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 methods

  • Preparatory video lecture
  • Plenary lectures
  • In-class exercises online and offline
  • Group discussions

Pedagogical methods

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 31/8/2022

Format description

At least one facilitator will be on-site in Lugano, and some will join online. Participants are welcomed to join either on-site in Lugano, or online. In case of a change of regional policies (e.g., Covid) or personal reasons, the course could change to online.

At a glance
Date icon
22
-
&
24
August 2022
Schedule icon
13:30
-
16:30
CEST
Zoom icon
Format: 
Hybrid
Star icon
Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate