Global Online Training Demystifying data on public health and environment for communication and action

Registration Closed

DATES: Jan 31 to Feb 14, 2023
DURATION: 15 hours
PLATFORMS: Zoom and Moodle

(Includes special session on the top threats to health and development in 2023: Climate change, air pollution and antimicrobial resistance)

“The impact of ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance can be as catastrophic as that of COVID-19 or climate change, and the faster we realise that and get our act together, the better it would be – especially even as the world faces a new onslaught from another variant of the virus.

There is drama in numbers, especially when these numbers give you a trend—are things getting better or worse. It is even more powerful when you can use the trend to understand the crisis, the challenge and the opportunity; and take appropriate actions.”

Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment

2022 was a devastating year for global health. The year began with largest global surge in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, spurred by spread of the Omicron variant. In 2023 despite rising cases, the focus in global health needs to be beyond COVID-19.

Climate change, air pollution and antimicrobial resistance will be amongst top threats to public health and the SDGs too. But the action to address risks to human health due to deteriorating environment is not happening at the scale and urgency needed.

This is clearly seen in the data that is emerging every year. If identified, understood and visualised well, data can become an effective basis for actions to address the link between health and environment.

Data is not just numbers. It is critical for research communication, advocacy and decision-making.

So, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), South Asia’s leading think tank, invites you to join its Global Online Training Programme on how to use data for communicating the health crisis.

In this course, participants will learn the linkages between seemingly distinct but related concepts of health, environment and the SDGs. By the end of the course, participants will be able to analyse the data on these concepts and prepare impactful stories, dashboards and communication collaterals for different stakeholders to trigger action. 

What will you learn?

  • State of health and environment: Understand the risks to public health with focus on climate change, air pollution and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Understand essential concepts and the link between health and 12 SDGs
  • Data collection: Learn how and where to research for relevant data on health, environmental risks and the SDGs
  • Data analysis: Develop skills to analyse and interpret trends on health and impacts on the SDGs in your region (continent, country, state) 
  • Data visualisation: Learn to visualise data for effective communication.
  • Report writing: Develop skills to process, visualise and transform health and SDGs data into simple, compelling and informative ‘stories’ for print and web 

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, government officials and policymakers working on health and environment
  • Academia: Faculty and researchers, and students associated with health and sustainable development
  • Researchers and writers on health and development
  • National and international civil society groups, NGOs, health activists and advocates
  • Industries: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)/CSR officers, Public relations/Communication officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject            

Course structure

The self-paced online programme will have video lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignments. Participants will also get an opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice. The programme will also have three live interactive sessions for meeting the trainers and fellow participants.

The programme has been designed in such a way that it can be completed along with a regular job or study. 

The course is broken down into six modules: 

Module 1: Introduction to health and environmental threats
Module 2: Introduction to sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their link with human health
Module 3: Data for effective communication and informed decision making on health for sustainable
Module 4: Sourcing data on health, environment and the SDGs
Module 5: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful
Module 6: Data visualisation


Kiran Pandey
Programme director
Information Management, CSE
Phone: +91-9871215338 


Susan Chacko
Information Management, CSE
Phone: +91-9958387577



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Jan 31 to Feb 14, 2023
Zoom and Moodle
15 hours
Rs 3,500 for Indian participants
US $100 for Global participants
CSE and AAETI will award Certificates of Participation to all those who attend and complete the course
Prof. Dr. Sanjeev Bagai
Chairman Nephron Clinics,Sr. Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist and Pead. Nephrologist
Ashirbad S Raha
Director - Communications
Energy Policy Institute
University of Chicago (EPIC India)
Richard Mahapatra
Managing Editor of Down To Earth magazine.
Pranay Lal
Biochemist by training and works for a non-profit organisation on public health
Rajeshwari Sinha
Programme Manager, Food Safety and Toxins, CSE, New Delhi
Vibha Varshney
Associate Editor, Down To Earth
Rajit Sengupta
Assistant Editor Copy, Down to Earth magazine
Kiran Pandey
Programme Director, Environment Resources Unit,