Online Courses on Resilience & Sustainability (MAY-AUG 2016)

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All pathways leading to the road to resilience require us to see the world with different perspectives and appreciate how one thing is connected with others and how crucial it is to keep learning about the issues that concern us. As another effort to make learning easier for people who are determined to make positive changes in this world through their actions, I present a list of selected online courses (MOOCs) which will be available for the learners in the coming few months. If you like this effort, please don't say thanks! Just share this across your social networks and let others know about these courses. And keep visiting my blog as I will keep on posting awesome stuff.

Psychological First Aid (5 Weeks)
By- John Hopkins University
Starts on- May 30, 2016
Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition. Utilizing the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), this specialized course provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. Go to course page by clicking here.

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities (5 Weeks)
By- Lund University
Starts on- May 30, 2016
How can we shape urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures? This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-dimensional and radical change – that can effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability and climate goals. We bring together a collection of diverse short films and key short readings on sustainable cities as well as interactive forums and a practical assignment to create an online learning community. Go to course page by clicking here.

Disaster Preparedness (7 Weeks)
By- University of Pittsburgh
Starts on- June 6, 2016
All parts of the world face the possibility of floods, hurricanes, tornados, fires, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural phenomena. Are you prepared if disaster would strike you? This course will help you prepare! The course is appropriate for any learner who is proactive about developing the core competencies of disaster readiness and survival planning. It is especially useful if you are seeking techniques that can ensure your personal protection, as well as the safety of your family, property, and belongings, during a natural disaster. Go to course page by clicking here.

Foundations for Global Health Responders (6 Weeks)
By- University of Colorado System
Starts on- June 6, 2016
Around the world, we are increasingly socially and economically interdependent. Health on one side of the globe affects people on the other. Global health, once merely an ethical consideration, now dominates discussions and policies of global security. A diverse team of experts in this emerging field has come together to help you contextualize your experiences as a new or seasoned global health responder. By the end of this course, you will be enlightened about the changing world you live in, and have a much better understanding of the machinations on how organizations and governments are striving to improve health worldwide. Go to course page by clicking here.

Energy Within Environmental Constraints (10 Weeks)
By- Harvard University
Starts on- June 8, 2016
Humanity faces an immense challenge: providing abundant energy to everyone without wrecking the planet. If we want a high-energy future while protecting the natural world for our children, we must consider the environmental consequences of energy production and use. But money matters too: energy solutions that ignore economic costs are not realistic—particularly in a world where billions of people currently can’t afford access to basic energy services. How can we proceed? Energy Within Environmental Constraints won’t give you the answer. Instead, we will teach you how to ask the right questions and estimate the consequences of different choices. Go to course page by clicking here.

Epidemics, Pandemics and Outbreaks (4 Weeks)
By- University of Pittsburgh
Starts on- June 13, 2016
What can we do to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases from becoming epidemics or pandemic? In this course, you’ll learn the facts about infectious diseases and medical responses. The focus will be on public health laws and policies that provide the framework for effective prevention, like quarantine laws, drug development policies, and bioterrorism and biodefense.  Go to course page by clicking here.

Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather (3 Weeks)
By- University of Reading and the Royal Meteorological Society
Starts on- June 13, 2016
Weather is all around us. It affects our lives almost every day – through what we wear, what we eat and what we do. It also affects most industries and leisure activities. In the UK we are well known for talking, and complaining, about the weather. But what brings us such variable weather? What makes it rainy, windy or sometimes even sunny? This course provides an overview of some of the physical processes underlying the weather systems which impact on many aspects of our lives. Together, we’ll start by looking at the UK’s characteristic weather patterns; for example the low pressure weather systems or depressions which bring us most of our rain, wind and storms. Go to course page by clicking here.

Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response - Cohort 5
By- Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC)
Starts on- 15 June, 2016
By making lessons learnt from previous disasters available and comprehensible to students of disaster medicine and humanitarian studies, frontline practitioners and the general public, it is hoped that students enrolled in this course will gain insight and theoretical understanding of the public health issues related to disaster and medical humanitarian relief in the Asia Pacific region. Using disaster concepts and public health approaches illustrated in the course, students should be able to:
Understand and discuss the public health needs and gaps in disaster preparedness and response, specifically in the context of the Asia Pacific region; systematically formulate key guiding questions during pre-and-post-disaster phases to drive evidence-based disaster mitigation actions; and select and consult relevant and credible databases, guidelines and documents to address the above issues. Go to course page by clicking here.

Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito (3 Weeks)
By- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Starts on- July 4, 2016
The Zika virus is suspected to be the cause of cases of microcephaly in newborns in South America, and this outbreak has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. With global attention towards this disease increasing rapidly, it is becoming clear that there is limited knowledge around how the carriers, or vectors, of Zika, are best avoided and controlled. This free online course will begin by considering the science behind the outbreak to try to understand where the Zika virus has come from, its symptoms, and its effect on infected individuals. Our attention will then turn towards the vector primarily responsible for transmission of Zika: the Aedes mosquito. Go to course page by clicking here.

Sustainability in Everyday Life (6 Weeks)
By- Chalmers University of Technology
Starts on- August 29, 2016
Daily headlines warn of new chemical dangers, species on the edge of extinction, global warming-- framing our planet as “at risk.” Some people stop listening, others get alarmed, while some others want to learn more in hopes of making a difference in the world. Do you want to live a more sustainable life? In this environmental studies course, you will learn how to make more informed choices about your ecological footprint and gain a better understanding of how your choices impact on our world. This course is organized into five key themes: chemicals, globalization, climate change, food and energy. Go to course page by clicking here.