Arianne designed a curriculum that teaches environmental issues in healthcare at U.C. San Francisco’s health professional schools, making it the first school in the country to teach this cutting-edge issue to medical and pharmaceutical students. The curriculum has also been implemented at Georgetown, Yale, and Mt. Sinai, as well as in several European institutions. It is designed to teach students about how the environment and climate change impact health; it also introduces them to the ways that the healthcare industry impacts them to the environment. Specifically, Arianne’s project:
- Identified a core set of learning objectives to help future health professionals understand the relationship between environment and health
- Developed effective strategies for teaching those objectives, including an elective course, a required lecture, and participation in small discussion groups.
Students who participated in the first elective course went on to use that education towards activism on campus, developing the student-led Committee on Climate Change Policy Response to address sustainable policy issues on campus, starting with a “Beef-Free UC.”