Scandinavia Public Library will offer in-person discussions regarding the content of the free online course Climate Change Policy and Public Health.
Those who participate in the online course may join the moderated discussions that will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 8, at the library.
Librarian Sue Vater Olsen will moderate the discussions at the library.
Taught by Jonathan Patz, professor and director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the course explores the impact of human activities on climate change and consequently public health, as well as the benefits to climate change mitigation.
Participants will discover the multiple benefits – or co-benefits – provided by public policies and initiatives to reduce emissions. For example, protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gases may simultaneously improve human health.
For a course summary, visit moocs.wisc.edu/mooc/climate-change-policy-and-public-health/.Courseformat.
The Massive Open Online Course or MOOC offers the lectures and other content through the Internet. There is no cost to enroll.
For a video introduction to MOOCs at UW-Madison, visit moocs.wisc.edu/mooc-trailer.
The Climate Change Policy and Public Health MOOC content for the first week will be available beginning Nov. 9. Students may view the content on their own schedule.
UW-Madison describes MOOCs as being like a big online museum. People may go in and find out about the subjects that interest them by looking at a number of artifacts. In a MOOC, people go online to learn more about the topics that interest them.
Students can interact with MOOC content from home or work. Public computers at the Scandinavia Public Library are also available for this purpose.