Health Sciences Common Book Series

​​​​​​​Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group selects a common book that will engage students from across the health sciences in substantive, interprofessional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice.​

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Announcement: 2016-2017 Common Book Read for Health Science Students- Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber


It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy group (HSSLA) has selected Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber as the Common Book for the Health Sciences for the academic year 2017-18.  In keeping with recent past selections addressing drug addiction, racism and mass incarceration, migrant farm-worker exploitation, and homelessness, this year's book is both timely and thought provoking.  We anticipate a series of lectures and seminars which will challenge our health sciences students to see this issue as one which will affect their families, communities and their future patients.

Below is the review from Goodreads.

"Climate change is now doing far more harm than marooning polar bears on melting chunks of ice—it is damaging the health of people around the world.  Brilliantly connecting stories of real people with cutting-edge scientific and medical information, Changing Planet, Changing Health brings us to places like Mozambique, Honduras, and the United States for an eye-opening on-the-ground investigation of how climate change is altering patterns of disease. Written by a physician and world expert on climate and health and an award-winning science journalist, the book reveals the surprising links between global warming and cholera, malaria, lyme disease, asthma, and other health threats. In clear, accessible language, it also discusses topics including Climategate, cap-and-trade proposals, and the relationship between free markets and the climate crisis. Most importantly, Changing Planet, Changing Health delivers a suite of innovative solutions for shaping a healthy global economic order in the twenty-first century."

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