Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Climate Change and Environmental Health Competencies

Climate change is inextricably linked to public health. See these excellent resources from WHO, the Global Climate & Health Alliance, and The Lancet.

HEART has been working since its creation to incorporate learning of the crucial links between climate and environmental changes and health in medical curricula, through the creation of a set of core competencies for integration in education nationwide.​ HEART’s aim is to create and incorporate an environmental health curriculum into all Canadian medical schools’ curricula by 2020.

The following steps have been taken since the creation of HEART to meet this goal: Steps 1 & 2 – completed. Steps 3 through 6 – ongoing.

Below is the list of curricular competencies HEART has developed, along with interactive activities and curricular adaptations to give examples of learning sessions for each competency.

We have received feedback from environmental health and medical education experts regarding these competencies, and updates are being continuously made to ensure adequacy for curricular implementation. Experts who have given feedback so far are: