Human health and well-being are intricately dependent upon the functioning and resilience of ecological systems. Social and environmental changes that impact ecological systems at local, regional, and global scales have profound implications for human health and well-being. This course will explore a series of ecological health challenges by critically examining: 1) the underlying scientific aspects of environmental change associated with each challenge, 2) how human health and well-being are impacted through the process of ecological change, 3) the social factors that influence change, and 4) potential mitigation options that could alleviate the negative outcomes of environmental change. Through this method of analysis, this course offers a visionary approach to enhancing human health and well-being through practices that acknowledge our dependence upon ecological systems.
One environmental course at 100 level, junior standing