In this course students will develop an appreciation for the overall environmental footprint of the healthcare industry locally, regionally, nationally, and worldwide. This will include energy, water, materials use and waste outputs. Students will develop an appreciation for the regulatory framework healthcare organizations must comply with. By comparing and contrasting healthcare industry trends over time, students will be able to identify initiatives that are underway to mitigate the adverse environmental impact of healthcare delivery systems. This course will help students develop a personal action plan of steps they can take as individual healthcare professionals to lessen their personal environmental impact in clinical practice. Students will draft organizational action plans for policies and activities that healthcare organizations can put in place to support sustainability in healthcare systems.
One environmental course, sophomore standing.