This module will explore the intersection between health care and climate change. It will introduce students to the impact of climate change on global health (bringing in conversations about climate justice and the Global North-South divide) and the impact of health care provision on climate change and the environment. Students will have the opportunity to discuss interventions that aim to tackle issues at this intersection, through critical appraisal of the research literature, real world case studies, and classroom discussion and debate. On completion of the course, students will have developed a global perspective on the issues relevant to health care and climate change. They will be able to confidently apply their learning to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed at delivering health care that is sustainable for people and the planet.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 16th February 2024. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
This module will cover the following:
- History of climate change, and intersections between climate and health
- Global perspectives, including across Global North and South
- Climate literacy, through carbon footprint modelling, including case studies (e.g. of surgical products)
- Development and use of Sustainability in Quality Improvement projects in health care
- Case studies in health systems, including e.g. energy use, waste management
- Health systems and global supply chains
- Environment and community health
- The role of digital technology in the search for increased sustainability
- The translation and spread of innovations in the context of health care and climate change