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We all have to breathe to live. But the air we breathe is polluted both outdoors and indoors. Each year, this pollution costs 7 million lives across the globe – and a lot of suffering. 1 in 8 deaths is due to air pollution. This course will provide you with an introduction to the most recent research in the field of health effects of air pollution as well as a broader understanding of sources and spread of air pollution and what we should do about it. What is air pollution? What are the sources? How and where are we exposed outdoors and indoors? What happens in the body? Which diseases are the result? Who are the most vulnerable? How can we assess the effects of air pollution? And what should we do to reach the Sustainable Development Goal to “substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution”? These are some of the important questions we will address in the course. During the course you will meet researchers and experts from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark. They work with different aspects of air pollution and health: toxicology, exposure assessment, epidemiology, engineering and health impact assessment. It is a global responsibility to combat the health impacts of air pollution, and this fight can only be won through new knowledge and global collaboration. We hope you will join us in the course and equip yourself to take part in this global and individual health challenge.
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Sugerido: 3 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week
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Globe

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 3 horas para completar

Sugerido: 3 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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4 hours to complete

The air we breathe

The air we breathe is full of particles and gases. Some occur naturally, but many are the result of human activities. This first module will look into what air pollution is, where it comes from and what it does to our lungs and the rest of our body....
Reading
4 videos (Total 25 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Peter Møller: Sources and Composition of Air Pollution7m
Peter Moller: What Happens in the Lungs?7m
Peter Moller: What Happens in the Rest of the Body?7m
Reading4 readings
UN Sustainable Development Goals30m
Want to know more? Air pollution sources0m
Want to know more? Counseling patients using the Air Quality Health Index25m
Want to know more? Emerging hazards and improved understanding of risk45m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Sources and Composition of Air Pollution6m
What Happens in the Lungs?6m
What Happens in the Rest of the Body?6m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Outdoor air pollution

Outdoor air pollution affects all of us – no matter where we are on the Globe. But there are big differences in air pollution levels from one country to another, from rural to urban areas, from city to city, and even from one side of the street to the other. Though all people are affected, some people are more vulnerable to the damaging health effects of air pollution than others. This module will explain about how we can study health effects of exposure to outdoor air pollution in diverse population groups. We will also look at what we can do to fight outdoor pollution – and cope with it....
Reading
4 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Zorana J. Andersen: Vulnerable Groups8m
Zorana J. Andersen: The Global Burden7m
Steffen Loft: What Can We Do about Outdoor Air Pollution?8m
Reading1 readings
WHO: Urban Health30m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Epidemiological Principles of Air Pollution6m
Vulnerable Groups6m
The Global Burden6m
What Can We Do about Outdoor Air Pollution?6m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Indoor air pollution

Most people spend most of their time indoors. The building envelope traps and accumulates pollution from both indoor and outdoor sources. This module will explain about health effects of indoor use of solid fuel as a particularly important source in large parts of the world, as well as of other sources of indoor air pollution. You will also learn about what you can do to improve the air quality in your home....
Reading
2 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Steffen Loft: Tight Buildings12m
Reading2 readings
WHO: Indoor Air Pollution30m
EPA: Fundamentals of Indoor Air Quality in Buildings30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Solid Fuel in Households6m
Tight Buildings6m
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Top Reviews

By LAFeb 25th 2018

The assignments regard very practical issues and have very insightful questions. A good start point to have a geenral overview or outdoor and indoor air pollution.

By ESMay 27th 2018

First online course. Great lectures. good quizes. The discussions also are essential and important. Hope to do more courses.

Instructors

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Steffen Loft

Head of Department
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Peter Møller

Professor
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Zorana Jovanovic Andersen

Associate Professor

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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