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Neighborhood of single family homes with large industrial stacks raising in the backgroundEnvironment and Global Health | May 29- June 2, 2023

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Online only. Course will be live in French approximately 8:30am-12:00pm (Montreal time) and in English approximately 1:00-4:30pm on May 29 – June 2, 2023. Participants are welcome to join either French or English sessions or both. There will be some unique material and some overlap of materials between the two languages, but each part is meant to be stand alone. All teaching will be recorded and available to view until July 1, 2023.


Global health crises unfolding around the world are inextricably linked to the sustainability of vital bio-physical systems. Environmental health approaches explore the interdependent relationship between human health and natural ecosystems. This course examines the environment-health links from healthcare practitioner, environmental science, public health and policy perspectives. It is designed for those who wish to gain insight into how human health and well-being is directly affected by environmental factors and to explore a variety of approaches to environment and health problems on macro and micro-scales.


Photo Neil AryaNeil Arya, BASc, MD, CCFP, FCFP, DLitt
Founding Board President PEGASUS Institute
Adjunct Professor- Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
Former Chair Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) Environmental Health Committee and member Pest Management Advisory Council of Health Canada
Detailed biography of Dr. Arya

NolwennNolwenn Noisel, PhD
Professeure adjointe, École de santé publique, Département de santé environnementale et santé au travail, Université de Montréal




Speakers will share experiences and expertise on local and global issues such as: climate change, pesticides, air, water and food contamination related to extractive industries, agricultural practices, different ways of knowing and advocacy from health perspectives. Course participants will also be encouraged to reflect and share their own observations and examples.


  • To foster an understanding of the interconnections between public health, and environmental systems
  • To encourage participants to apply an environmental perspective to their own areas of interest with respect to human health.
  • To explore how evidence is developed, science-based policy made, and share different approaches to global and human health ranging from the biomedical model and evidence-based medicine to Indigenous ways of knowing to broader ecosystem and environmental perspectives affecting public and individual health
  • To examine impacts on at risk populations in the Global North and South including Indigenous populations
  • To consider what role environmental advocacy may be playing in health care and the implications for human health and the advocate/practitioner.


Transdisciplinary group including health practitioners, public health and environmental studies graduate students and faculty, programme managers, policymakers, advocates with an interest in global and community health, the relationship between human health and the physical environment, ethics, political, development and governance considerations


Maximum 100 participants

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