Climate change, weather and human health - course lectures available online

WHO Collaborating Centre Course

Recorded lectures are available online

DAY 1. Monday October 27, 2014

Introduction and opening words
Professor Jouni J. K. Jaakkola

What is climate change? General effects on environment and What is climate change? Environmental and socioeconomic consequences
Professor Timothy Carter

Climate Change and Global Health
Professor Colin Butler and Professor Jouni Jaakkola

DAY 2.Tuesday October 28, 2014

Temperature and human health
Adjunct professor Tiina Ikäheimo

Temperature and human health in different climates
Adjunct professor Yuming Guo

Climate extremes temperature and health
Professor Colin Butler

Climate change and infectious diseases
Professor Birgitta Evengård

Climate change, pollen and allergic diseases
Lecturer Timo Hugg

DAY 3. Wednesday October 29, 2014

Solutions at regional level
Representative from the County of Oulu, Member of Parliament Tytti Tuppurainen and
Solutions at national level
Representative from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Medical counsellor Mikko Paunio

Climate change – a threat to the warning of war?
Research Professor Nils Petter Gleditsch

Climate change mitigation and human health
Professor Colin Butler

The course was organized by CERH in collaboration with Doctoral Programs in Public Health (DPPH) and the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Course lecturers/teachers:

Professor Colin D. Butler, University of Canberra, Australia. Professor Butler is especially interested in future global health, including the consequences of global environmental changes such as to the climate, ecosystems, energy sources and resource depletion. He has published widely, and given many invited talks on topics including food security, population growth, ecology and infectious diseases. Professor Butler is the editor of the book “Climate Change and Global Health” used during the course.

Research Professor Timothy Carter, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland. The expertise of Professor Carter is related to climate change impact and adaptation; scenario development and application; vulnerability indicators; impact modelling as well as spatial mapping.  He is one of the leading authors of the report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been a contributor to these reports for over twenty years.

Professor Birgitta Evengård, University of Umeå, Sweden. Professor Evengård has worked in the field of infectious diseases for many years, including a number of years in Africa. She has a particular interest in examining the effects of climate change on infectious diseases. She is also a member of an expert group under the Arctic Council.

Professor Jouni JK Jaakkola, Director of the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health, University of Oulu, Finland. Dr. Jaakkola has since 1980’s conducted research into environment and health in populations applying epidemiologic methods and combining multidisciplinary collaboration. His main areas of interest include effects of indoor environments, ambient air pollution and water quality on respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive health and cancer. He has contributed to theory and practice of exposure assessment applying both biomarkers of exposure, effects and effect modification.

Adjunct professor Tiina M Ikäheimo, University of Oulu, Finland. The research of Dr Ikäheimo focuses on the effects of extreme temperature on human health, especially in identifying susceptible populations for planning and implementing prevention and protection measures to mitigate the expected adverse health effects of climate change. Her research combines controlled experiments and population studies.

Lecturer Timo Hugg, University of Oulu, Finland. The expertise of Dr. Hugg is related to pollen dispersal between in- and outdoor environments, pollen concentrations in different urban environments, and the effects of environmental exposures on asthma, allergic diseases and symptoms.

Research Professor Nils Petter Gleditsch, PRIO, Norway. Nils Petter Gleditsch is Research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Professor emeritus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He served as President of the International Studies Association in 2008–09 and edited Journal of Peace Research (1977–78, 1983–2010). His current research interests are on the decline of war and on the security implications of environmental change.

Representative from the Ministry of Health: Mikko Paunio. Mikko Paunio works as a medical counsellor for the Department for Promotion of Welfare and Health of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. He is a health care specialist and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Helsinki. During his career he has gained comprehensive experience with the prevention of infectious diseases, measles in particular. For the past 15 years he has been working for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health - except for two years at the World Bank where he has involved with the global agenda of environmental health. His tasks related to climate change include memberships in national and international working groups, that have been constructing adaptation strategies.

Representative from the County of Oulu Tytti Tuppurainen. Tytti Tuppurainen is a Member of the Finnish Parliament (SD.) and a Member of the City Council of Oulu. Her previous experience include being a R&D Coordinator for the Oulu UAS School of Music, Dance and Media. She has a long history in different associations e.g. Yritetään yhdessä -association which prevents social exclusion and employs long-term unemployed persons. She has graduated as a Master of Arts from the University of Oulu. Ms Tuppurainen was the chair of regional climate change council 2009-2011.

Last updated: 8.12.2014