Institute for Global Health


Climate change and health

This module will explain the global causes and consequences of climate change, including health, economic, gender and environmental impacts.  It will cover aspects of food, water, poverty, equity, gender and security, including related to policy, law and action. The international climate change negotiations will be discussed along with direct implications for the NHS. The module reviews climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, and the connections between them in terms of barriers and opportunities.

Module Code: CIHDG037

UCL Credits: 15

Module Organisers: Ilan Kelman and Hugh Montgomery

Please direct queries to the course administration team in the first instance igh.adminpg@ucl.ac.uk

Who can study this course?

MSc/PG Dip Global Health and Development students, other UCL MSc/PG Dip students, TropEd students, Taster course students, Short course students

Admission Requirements

MSc and PG Dip students: Open to all UCL MSc/PG Dip Global Health and Development, and to any UCL MSc/PG Dip students.

tropEd students: evidence that you are registered as a tropEd student, successful completion of core course.

Taster students: UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours or an equivalent qualification.  Two academic or professional reference letters.

Short course students: Professional work experience in a relevant area and/or UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or 2 class Honours or an equivalent qualification.

In addition to the above, all students must demonstrate a GOOD standard of English Proficiency with 6.5 in each subtest.

Course length 3 weeks 
Course dates 29 January to 16 February 2018
Days and times

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 09.30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16.30 for the first two weeks. (Except the first Monday afternoon session runs 14:00 to 17:00 not 13:30 to 16:30). 

Assessment to be completed in final week and submitted by 9 am on 19 February 2018



  • Climate change basics in the context of development
  • Communicating climate science
  • Health and climate change and the role of the health system
  • Gender, climate change and health
  • Water/food, climate change and health
  • Economics of mitigating climate change
  • Vulnerability and resilience
  • Politics, policy, health and climate change

  • Climate change and international negotiations, diplomacy and security

Teaching and learning methods

There will be 12 x 3 hour taught sessions for the first two weeks of the course. The third week will be devoted to private study and assessment. Where possible all teaching materials including PowerPoint’s and PDFs of key articles will be available on Moodle (institutional Virtual Learning Environment).


Essay 100% (2000 words)

Assessment Date

The essay should be submitted by 9 am on 19 February 2018

Selected Reading List

Bourque, F. and Willox A.C., 2014. Climate change: The next challenge for public mental health. International Review of Psychiatry, 26, pp. 415-22.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change http://www.ipcc.ch

Kelman, I., JC Gaillard, and J. Mercer. 2015. “Climate Change’s Role in Disaster Risk Reduction’s Future: Beyond Vulnerability and Resilience”. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 21-27, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-015-0038-5

Lancet Commissions on Climate Change and Health http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/climate-change

Lancet Countdown http://www.lancetcountdown.org

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change http://www.unfccc.int

WHO Climate change and human health http://www.who.int/globalchange/en