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Planetary Health, Policy and Social Justice

Planetary HealthPlanetary Health, Policy and Social Justice will explore the intersections between primary health care, planetary health, climate change (according to WHO, currently the greatest threat to global health), social justice and policy. Students will develop evidence-based and targeted human adaptation strategies that align policy initiatives with carbon mitigation to address healthspan disparities related to planetary health, climate change and social vulnerability. Students will engage in learning in a flipped classroom environment, preparing for interactive work sessions with assigned readings from the most current literature and completing online learning modules. During synchronous class meetings, students will engage with interdisciplinary experts in the field from local community agencies and Vanderbilt faculty and develop deliverables related to their final projects. Student-led projects will build over each semester and focus on mitigating the effects of climate change in marginalized populations in the Nashville community.

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