Human health is directly affected by the weather, climate variability and climate change. This course explains how mitigation and adaptation policies and measures can benefit human health. It also presents tools and examples to assess and integrate health within climate change policies and strategies.


“Absolutely exceeded my expectations and has immensely contributed to sharpening my critical thinking skillset.” – Learner from United Arab Emirates

  • Climate Change
  • Health
  • Youth

Short course

2 hours

Key Results

  • 50.500 learners
  • 15.900 certificates issued


This course provides an introduction to the health challenges, as well as the opportunities, that can be associated with climate change. It includes one module divided into 3 sections and takes around 2 hours to complete.

What you will learn

After completing this specialized module, you will be able to:

  • Explain how weather, climate variability and climate change can affect human health.
  • Describe the health benefits of mitigation and adaptation policies and measures in health and related sectors.
  • Identify a variety of tools to assess and integrate health within climate change policies and strategies, and integrate climate change within health policies and strategies.
  • Provide examples of how countries are responding to the health challenges posed by climate change, including taking advantage of the opportunities.

Course at a glance

This specialized module has three sections:

  1. Climate Change and Human Health
  2. Adaptation: Building Health Systems’ Resilience to Climate Change
  3. The Mutual Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation and Health Policies

Completion requirements

Once the quiz is completed with above 70% of passing scores, you will receive a certificate of completion from WHO and UNITAR. You have three attempts to each quiz.

Partners and Contributors

The module has been developed and peer-reviewed through UN CC:Learn, with technical leadership provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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