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Masterclass in Sustainable Health Systems

Online Course: Self-directed learning + four online sessions + optional follow-up session


Online content available: April 1- 29, 2021
Weekly sessions: Thursdays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:30–7:30 p.m. EST (Zoom)
Follow-up session: September 2021 (date TBD) (Zoom)

Tuition: $250 plus HST*
*If cost is prohibitive, please contact us as some subsidies are available

Course Description

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 health care system is a large, resource-intensive sector of the Canadian economy; it is responsible for at least 4.6% of greenhouse gases 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, administrators and leaders within care delivery, professional, and support organizations with an interest in high quality, low carbon care. This year, the program is being 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.


Week 1: Motivating Change: What is “sustainable health care” and why do we need it?

  • Meeting: Thursday, April 8th; 5:30–7:30 p.m. EST / 6:30–8:30 p.m. AST (Zoom)

Week 2: Initiating Change: Approaching sustainability through a quality improvement lens

  • Meeting: Thursday, April 15th; 5:30–7:30 p.m. EST / 6:30–8:30 p.m. AST (Zoom)

Week 3: Measuring Change: Evaluating the impact of sustainability action

  • Meeting: Thursday, April 22nd; 5:30-7:30 pm EST/6:30-8:30 pm AST (Zoom)

Week 4: Embedding Change: Turning sustainable practice into standard practice for system transformation 

  • Meeting: Thursday, April 29th; 5:30-7:30 pm EST/6:30-8:30 pm AST (Zoom)

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