Climate Change and Health Curriculum

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The Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response Curriculum helps learners understand that the connection between climate and health is essential for health professionals of all disciplines.

This set of nine short slide decks can be utilized to introduce the connection between climate change and health to health professionals. They are intended to be used by instructors and programs when teaching about the connection between climate and health in existing courses.

Curriculum Resources

This suite of slide decks includes slide decks covering a single topic as well as a full set containing all of the slides in one. Individual slide content is locked from editing, however instructors can edit the notes sections or add these slides to other slide decks.

View the Climate Change and Health Slides

These resources were assembled by the Climate Champions Team consisting of members from UMN health science schools and affiliate programs, and led by Teddie Potter and Shanda Demorest of the School of Nursing.

Attribution: "Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response Curriculum" by UMN Climate Champions Team - Led by Teddie Potter and Shanda Demorest, UMN School of Nursing


  • Introduction and Resources
  • Air Pollution
  • Severe Weather
  • Extreme Heat
  • Increasing Allergens
  • Changes in Vector Ecology
  • Water Quality Impact
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Water and Food Supply



Climate Champions

The Climate Champion team aims to connect students with faculty and community members working in health care sustainability and climate change.

School of Nursing - Teddie Potter, [email protected]
Medicine - Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, [email protected]
Public Health - William Toscano, [email protected]
Pharmacy - Kylee Funk, [email protected]
Veterinary Medicine - Meggan Craft, [email protected]
Medical Lab Sciences - Nicole Zahnle, [email protected]
Occupational Therapy - Scott Miller, [email protected]
Dentistry - Kelli Blankenship, [email protected]


Student Opportunities

Faculty with an idea for a student opportunity can contact contact Laalitha Surapaneni at [email protected] and students can contact their school’s Climate Champion.