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E-collaborating for Environmentally Sustainable Health Curricula: Distance Learning for Sustainable Development

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  • Peter Musaeus
  • Caroline Wellbery, Georgetown University, USA
  • Sarah Catherine Walpole, Hull York Medical School, Storbritannien
  • Hanna-Andrea Rother, University of Cape Town, Sydafrika
  • Aditya Vyas, University of East Anglia, Storbritannien
  • Kathleen E. Leedham-Green, King's College Hospital, Storbritannien

This chapter aims to demonstrate how medical educators can use e-collaborative tools to collaborating internationally and cross-institutionally towards designing environmental sustainability and health (ESH) education. The main focus of the chapter is on sustainable medical curricula.

The chapter uses a case-study approach to bridge these broader e-collaborative principles with the specifics of implementation driven and supported by e-collaboration.

The case study describes the evolution of the Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE)-network into a network collaborative. Finally, the chapter discusses e-collaboration for education development through an illustrative case. The case concerns an UK-Greek University e-collaboration aimed at combating obesity and promoting climate literacy.
Research implications

E-collaboration is central at all levels of the ESH curriculum design process from forming a network collaborative around the curriculum process, alignment of assessment and learning activities with objectives, discussing and agreeing on a vision to the actual implementation plan.
Practical implications

E-collaboration aids the curriculum design process such that people feel that their participation and interests are valued, as well as providing resources and input to resource stressed academics and institutions. E-collaboration is not an end in itself, but a means of enabling a global network collaborative to address an issue that suits this type of collaboration towards sustainable healthcare education.

This chapter is inventive in showing how the promotion of climate literacy can be a component of a sustainable medical curriculum and how this process is facilitated with e-collaborative tools. The chapter demonstrates how health education should educate climate literate health professionals who are able to address and reduce public health impacts of climate change.
TitelClimate Literacy and Innovations in Climate Change Education : Distance Learning for Sustainable Development
RedaktørerUlisses M. Azeiteiro, Walter Leal Filho, Luísa Aires
ISBN (trykt)978-3-319-70198-1
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-319-70199-8
StatusUdgivet - 2018
SerietitelClimate Change Management


  • Medical curriculum , Case study , Climate literacy , Environmental sustainability , Network collaboration

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