David E. Corbin, PhD

COP21, MOOCs, the Pope's Encyclical,

Health in All Policies and Urban Thinkers


It was nice that the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Climate Change Policy and Public Health was timed to coincide withCOP21 in Paris. We now know that some very good things have come out of Paris.  I also received training from The Climate Reality Project and they succinctly summarized the outcomes at COP21.

As an emeritus professor in health education and public health, I can’t help but make the connection that what threatens air, water, food, and soil, can’t help but have an affect on public health. That’s why the public health community has embraced the “health in all policies” movement.  Humans need to consider the impact of what we do on the health of our fellow humans, our flora and fauna, as well as the health of the planet.  Both MOOCs that I completed at UWM (the other course was Energy and the Earth) have added to my knowledge as I embark on teaching a course called Energy Policy at Creighton University. It couldn’t be a better year to teach this course given the Pope’s encyclical "On Care of the Common Home" and the COP21. In addition, I participated in the Urban Thinkers Campus (a United Nations initiative), and as the Climate Reality Project noted, there are other entities, including cities, that are making significant commitments to addressing climate change. I am looking forward to working with the next generation on energy policy.  Their world faces a new energy paradigm that is more sustainable, inclusive and democratic.


David E. Corbin, PhD