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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Health Without Borders

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Health Without Borders


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Engineering, Coding, Healthcare
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
    • Call: (413) 577-2112
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    Learn about Summer 2022 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    Rethinking Climate Change, Energy Transition and Equity

    The effects of climate change are increasingly evident, exacerbating existing inequities and vulnerabilities. Low-income and marginalized communities are more vulnerable to the impact of climate change and also suffer disproportionately from limited access to health services. Vaccine cold chains and hospital services are severely disrupted in the absence of quality electricity access. Furthermore, the type of energy source can increase the prevalence of diseases like asthma. In this two-week course, students will delve into the relevance of energy access to the availability and delivery of health services, compute the trade-offs and equity implications of clean energy transition decisions.

    Class participants will explore pertinent questions like:

    • Who is affected when a new energy source is utilized?
    • What kind of costs are involved?
    • Does everyone derive benefits?
    • Who makes the decisions? 
    • What is the role of health care professionals?

    One unique advantage of the class is considering data and experiences from outside the United States. This will help students conceptualize unnuanced dimensions of electricity access and its impact on people's lives across the globe.

    Students are advised to have a computer or a smartphone to work on. In general, they should expect to complete at least four labs comprising a renewable energy site visit on campus, data collection and analysis using the R programming language.

    The theories and methods taught in this class are grounded in engineering economics and decision analysis. However, skills and concepts introduced apply to several other disciplines and are equally crucial for ensuring a sustainable future. At the end of the course, students should be able to manipulate quantitative energy data to infer demand patterns. They should also understand the challenges that communities with low electricity access face, compute the trade-offs involved in making energy technology investment decisions, and the potential equity implications of these decisions.


    This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.