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Public health and climate change in the Republic of Kiribati

Roman, Michael (2013) Public health and climate change in the Republic of Kiribati. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The Republic of Kiribati is one of the world’s most vulnerable nations facing climate change today. As the ocean impedes on the nation’s land, it diminishes the naturally occurring fresh water supplies and erodes livable space. Public health concerns within the country as a result have included spikes in vector borne diseases, diarrheal infections and malnutrition. Public health is an applied discipline that requires practitioners not only to focus on the reduction of illness, but also on the social inequalities that contribute to the growth of such conditions. I-Kiribati (Kiribati citizens) live on the frontlines of climate change. They have been facing many challenges the rest of the world has yet to realize. Climate change as a public health concern in Kiribati is a reality that impacts the lives of residents. Using a social ecological model rather than theories aimed at individual behavioral change is a more effective way to reduce population vulnerability to health impacts. This requires immediate collective action for the health and well-being of the larger global community.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Roman, Michael
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberScaglion, RichardScaglion@pitt.eduSCAGLIONUNSPECIFIED
Date: November 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 November 2016
Submission Date: 21 November 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kiribati, Climate, Change, Public, Health
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 13:53
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 10:56


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