Climate and Environmental Health

Source: CDC – National Centre for Environmental Health Team Leads: 

Team Leaders: Montana Blum, Sarah Poteryko, Lise Van Amerom, Keiko Patterson
Location:  N/A
Duration: throughout the year
Positions: 8-10 students
Faculty supervisor: Dr. Videsh Kapoor (and other consultants)

This is an opportunity for students to explore and research the health and environmental impacts of climate change, identify current guidelines and policy on climate health, locate and/or develop new tools for healthcare providers and community-level awareness, and better understand or join advocacy efforts for national and local policy on climate health.

Students can collaborate with EnviroMed, a UBC Medicine Club that fosters advocacy and education around the links between health, medicine, and the environment.

It is hoped that students build upon the work of previous projects and work done by Climate & Environmental Health Students and each year, students will present their work in a variety of formats.

Students can define their roles as future healthcare providers who will face many of the impacts of climate health in their careers.

Publications, presentations, and modules by students involved in Climate and Environmental Health


Health Care and Climate Change – Valerie Lai, UBC MD 2020

This module is an introduction to how our health care system is contributing to climate change, and provides a brief overview of some initiatives that are addressing the issue.   Estimated time to complete module:  20-30 minutes.  This course is located on UBC Canvas and anyone with a CWL can register after logging into Canvas.


Climate change and Human Health Citation: UBCMJ. 2020: 11.2 (17-19)


  1. Advocacy Project: use our research to advocate for increasing climate change education within the medical curriculum
  2. Projects to Enhance Sustainability within Healthcare
    1. Develop resources to help clinicians make their practices more environmentally friendly
    2. Create guidelines and educational opportunities for physicians to learn more about the impacts of climate change on health, especially in vulnerable populations
    3. Create online educational modules
  3. GHI Workshops
    1. Host annual workshops for the GHI Workshop Program