Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Climate change and health – research methods

Date: 01 June 2015 - 12 June 2015
Location: Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

The Epidemiology and Global Health unit at Umeå University will hold a two-weeks PhD course on climate and health research methods. The main target group are PhD students and young researchers, but others are welcome to apply. The course is free of costs.


The content for this course includes scientific methods relating to:

  • Health impacts of climate change, weather and extreme events
  • Health and climate change adaptation
  • Health and emissions reduction (i.e., climate change mitigation)

Course participants will learn technical concepts concerning:

  • Attribution of risk/cause and effect
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Managing large temporal and spatial scales (e.g. meteorology, physical geography and health)
  • Methods for climate change adaptation, such as early warnings systems and campaigns
  • Qualitative research techniques
  • Climate change policy and research dissemination

Expected learning outcomes

Students will gain an understanding of methods used in the field of climate change and health and will have practice applying their analytical skills in this interdisciplinary research field.

Target group and required knowledge

  • The course is for PhD students and Post‐docs in Public Health, Environmental Science or related fields.
  • Pre‐course “climate change and health” knowledge is essential, and a basic understanding of statistical methods and epidemiology is also beneficial.
  • All course applicants will be advised to study some pre‐course texts.

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