Changing Environments


Peter Spencer, PhD, FRCPath, FANA, Professor Neurology


The Course introduces the student to environmental forces that shape health, disease and injury across the globe. Environmental factors include: climate, conflict, culture, economics, ethics, government, nutrition, occupation, and other social determinants, to name a few.

Each weekly module comprises before-class preparatory readings plus in-class didactic presentations, focused small-group topic discussion, student presentation of opposing positions on prescribed propositions relating to health challenges and interventions, followed by class debate and voting to identify favored positions. Students will be required at course outset to select a population for which they will develop a deep understanding as the course evolves. Principles developed in each weekly session will be used to shape and advance understanding of the student's chosen population. By the end of the course, the student will have prepared an essay that describes the forces that shape health in the population of interest.

Meet Peter Spencer

Dr. Peter Spencer

Dr. Spencer is the course director for the Global Health in Changing Environment elective, he has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the underserved.

"We have the opportunity and responsibility to discover and understand the causes of disease and injury, to disseminate those discoveries through education and outreach, and to take strides to prevent illness and promote health and safety in culturally appropriate ways."

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