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  • April 1-30, 2021 from 9:00am to 5:00am

Climate change is recognized as the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century (Lancet, 2018; WHO, 2015; UCL/Lancet Commission, May 2009). Canada’s healthcare system is a large, resource-intensive sector of the Canadian economy; it is responsible for at least 4.6% of GHG and 5.1% of carbon dioxide emissions annually (Eckelman, 2018; Pichler, 2019), and ranks second in per capita health system emissions globally (Lancet, 2020). While the sector dedicated to extending and improving our quality of life is a significant contributor to a phenomenon putting human health at risk, there are many opportunities for the health sector to develop and implement sustainability interventions that protect, promote, and prioritize health.

The Masterclass in Sustainable Health Systems is a professional education program for frontline staff and administrators and leaders within care delivery, professional, and support organizations with an interest in high quality, low carbon care. The program is offered online by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sustainable Health Systems in partnership with Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute. Through self-directed online learning and weekly Zoom meetings, participants will gain knowledge, develop skills, and forge collaborations that will help them advocate for and participate in a bottom-up and top-down shift toward a more environmentally sustainable health system. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.