Climate Change and Health

Understanding the connection between climate and health is essential for health professionals of all disciplines.

Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response

This set of nine short slide decks that 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.


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

NOTE: Available are separate slide decks covering a single topic as well as a full set containing all slides. 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

Student Opportunities

The Climate Champion team aims to connect students with faculty and community members working in health care sustainability and climate change. Faculty with an idea for a student opportunity can contact contact Laalitha Surapaneni at Students with additional ideas for projects can contact their school’s Climate Champion below.

Dissemination Opportunities

Are you doing a project on sustainability or climate change in your health program? Consider these opportunities to disseminate your scholarly work with other students:

Climate Champions by School/Unit

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

How these resources were created

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.

Terms of Use

Interprofessional Climate Change Curriculum is copyrighted by the Regents of the University of Minnesota. It can be freely used for educational and research purposes by non-profit institutions and US government agencies only. Other organizations are allowed to use the Interprofessional Climate Change Curriculum only for evaluation purposes, and any further uses will require prior approval. The curriculum may not be sold or redistributed without prior approval. One may make copies of the curriculum for their use provided that the copies, are not sold or distributed, are used under the same terms and conditions.