Medical Students

Climate change has profound impacts on health, including food insecurity, degraded air quality, civil unrest and changes in vector-borne disease. This course explores the physiologic, ecologic and social interactions that cause these impacts and provides a foundation in climate medicine and skills in science communication, policy and advocacy.

This course builds on basic medical knowledge and clinical experience gained during the first three years of medical education and provides a unique avenue to apply this knowledge to global environmental changes. Climate medicine will expand on the clinical and basic science of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, heat-related illness, pharmacology, geriatric care, gastrointestinal disease, infectious disease, pediatrics, obstetrics and more. It also emphasizes a holistic view of human health that encompasses the physical environment and the social determinants of health.

Course Details:

  • Course Title: Climate Medicine (EMED 8010), University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Date: February 15 – 26, 2021

  • Course Description:
    Due to the pandemic, this course will be fully online in a virtual learning environment.

  • Overall Course Goal:
    Students will develop a critical understanding of climate change and how to address resulting health threats. Students will also build skills in clinical care, communication, professionalism and more.

  • Topics:
    Topics covered in the course will include heat waves and heat illness, extreme weather, vector-borne diseases, mental health, air degradation, water and food security, and vulnerable populations. We will also have Op-Ed writing workshops and students will learn relevant governance on climate change, both nationally and internationally.

  • Apply:
    University of Colorado School of Medicine students may apply through OASIS and visiting students may apply through AAMC’s VSAS program.