Climate change is an important and emerging threat to public health. In this seminar, I will first introduce the use of climate modelling to assess the impact of climate change on public health and present challenges related to the notion of uncertainty. I will then present the epidemiological evidence related to the notion of vulnerability in the impacts of heat on mortality.
Speaker Biography - Tarik Benmarhnia, Ph.D.
Tarik Benmarhnia, Ph.D.
Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, Canada
Tarik Benmarhnia completed doctoral studies in Epidemiology and Public Health jointly in Montreal (University of Montreal) and Paris (Paris Sud University). His dissertation focused on social vulnerability and the health impacts of climate change. Dr. Benmarhnia worked for one year as an environmental scientist at the French National Railway Company (SNCF) in its contaminated soils and sites sector and one year at the French National Institute of Health Education and Prevention (INPES) as health scientist for their national environmental health program. Tarik also contributed to research projects in parallel with his PhD project, including economic evaluation of public health programs and macroeconomic determinants of population health. His research interests include methods to assess the evidence of equity in public health policies and advancing the notion of vulnerability and its implications for public health.
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