Introducing the Diploma in Climate Medicine

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, building on the success of its Physician Fellowships in Climate & Health, is pleased to announce a new professional development program for health care providers of all specialties.

We have seen historic changes undermining healthy living in our communities, exacerbating illness in our patients, and amplifying the adversities faced by the most vulnerable communities we serve. We believe health care professionals bear intimate witness to the threat of climate change and are also uniquely positioned to respond.

Who We Are:

Climate medicine is still a new concept in clinical care, and at the CU School of Medicine, we are defining it. The Climate & Health Program utilizes education, research, service, and partnerships to help build a sustainable community committed to climate health.

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Our faculty are clinical experts on climate change and human health with a concentration unsurpassed among academic centers. Our clinical practice has brought us onto the health care frontlines, and we have seen the adverse impact of climate change on people worldwide. We are leaders in the field, deeply connected with climate and health organizations throughout the country, and we are innovators in our educational programs.

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Our goal is to advance the capacity of all health care professionals to effect change in this critical health crisis. We can't think of a better endeavor for our creative energies, educational passion, and professional work. Our team believes the impact of training leaders in climate and health will amplify our collective voice and influence policy change for years to come. We hope Diploma in Climate Medicine graduates will become the formidable innovators and leaders we need on this critical issue for all of humanity.

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Who Will Lead With Us?

This course is for you if you are a clinician concerned with the impacts of climate change on the health of our families, patients, and society. We want to give you the hands-on training and professional credentials to be a credible, knowledgeable, and influential voice in advancing smart, patient-centric policy in climate and health.

Leadership opportunities on behalf of communities, health care systems, academic institutions, NGOs, governments, and policymakers are coming. This program will give you the background and skills to be an effective change agent.

What is the Diploma in Climate Medicine?:

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We divide our program into five separate one-week certificate courses.

  • Foundations and Updates in Climate Medicine
  • Developing Sustainable Hospital Systems
  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Building Resilience: Energy Innovation & Community Infrastructure
  • International Implications: Biodiversity, Food Security, Political Instability & Conflict, Migration, Geoengineering 

We conduct each course in a hybrid fashion with the following components:

Remote Asynchronous - Each course will open with a series of virtual lectures in the weeks preceding the core instruction week. We will present clinical correlates and case-based assignments for students to complete before the synchronous week.

Remote Synchronous - The core instruction week will open with a live virtual presentation from a keynote speaker whose work embodies the week's focus. We will then convene on a series of virtual facilitated “Climate Rounds” using the pedagogical framework discussed below.

On-Location - Following a travel day, the group will connect in person on a site suited to the week's focus. In-person education will be skills-based with methods focusing on simulation, skill development, feedback, and refinement. Sites will include the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado and various “hands-on” locations in the field. 

Each course (~60 hours) will offer a professional certificate from the CU School of Medicine and is intended to be a stand-alone course. CME credits will be available. Completing all five courses (~300 hours) will equate to a Diploma in Climate Medicine from the CU School of Medicine.

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Teaching Methods & Course Features:

  • Hands-On: We Aim to Get Our Hands Dirty. For course one, we'll ask you to analyze health implications after running your own climate models with researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. We'll also see the firsthand devastation of wildfires with rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park. 
  • "Climate Rounds" With Case-Based, Small Groups: We'll present you with complex, multi-faceted problems, reinforcing core competencies. You'll have a team of diverse peers with whom to connect and problem-solve.

    We believe content must be relevant and relatable to each student’s community and clinical practice. We, therefore, integrate a process of reflection and inquiry early in our teaching method. After participants review lectures and assigned readings, instructors will ask students to respond to a content question representing a real-life clinical scenario or reflect upon a climate challenge or response opportunity in their community.

    Later, students will meet in “Climate Rounds” — small, facilitated discussion groups — to test their analysis with their peers. The class discusses the case with the facilitator as a catalyst and guide. The facilitator will point out considerations the group has overlooked, present other case studies, elaborate on current areas of controversy, and elicit from participants the lessons of experience.
  • Cross-Sector: We have three cross-sector themes running through the course:

    • Climate Equity & Environmental Justice - Hearing from boots on the ground nonprofits investing in innovative solutions to make our communities healthier. 

    • Communication - We'll do a deep dive on how to talk climate and health and give you hacks on how to present complex scientific information, speak to skeptical constituents, and write a successful op-ed.

    • Leadership - How we, as health care providers, can empower wise policy through a basic understanding of policy.

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  • Networking & Collaboration: Access to unique experiences with subject-matter experts and an opportunity to collaborate with and learn from your colleagues. We believe a robust professional network can empower you to respond to real-world issues at home and abroad. 

Admissions:

Our first course, Foundations and Updates in Climate Medicine, will launch in September/October 2022—we expect to have EXACT dates by December.

The four additional courses will roll out over the subsequent 18 months. We anticipate each course to be offered annually.

Application Requirements:

To prepare your application for submission, please have the following documents available:

  • Current Contact Information and Credentials: This information is required for the online application.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume/List of Awards or Publications: You will be prompted to upload either your CV or resume (.doc or .pdf).
  • Personal Statement: A 250- to 500-word personal statement explaining why you would like to be considered for the Diploma in Climate Medicine. Your statement should include a brief description of your background, your area of professional interest, and how this course will impact your career, as well as the institution and community where you work.

We will acknowledge receipt of all applications and maintain all application information in strict confidence.

How to Apply:

Please send us your contact information in the application tab below. We will follow up with detailed instructions on how to apply.

Tuition:

The fee for each certificate is $2,500 (USD). Program tuition does not include airfare, accommodation, meals, or educational materials.

Notice of Admittance:

Students can expect to hear a decision on their application within four to six weeks from the date all application materials were submitted. If accepted, we require a $500 (USD) deposit to reserve your position.

Refunds:

Your deposit will be refundable up to three months prior to course start.

A full refund will be given should the program be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be provided at least 30 days prior to the program’s start date.

We regret that we are unable to provide refunds should an applicant register then be unable to attend the program.

Apply Today:

We are accepting applications! Space is limited, so we encourage you to apply now. Fill in your information below to get detailed application information.