Climate Change and Health

Understand and describe the impact of climate change on human health, to enhance climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation efforts.



Competency Area

Climate Change


Links climate change and health

Differentiates between weather, climate, climate variability, and climate change

Lists effects and impacts of climate change on health (extreme and sudden weather conditions, land use changes, food security and safety, human migration and urbanisation, etc.)

Documents the shift in climate change narratives, from emissions reductions to the expansive interactions between health and climate change

Aware of public health responses to climate change

Describes the three ways in which climate change can influence health outcomes (direct pathway, ecosystem-mediated pathway, and societal systems/human institutions-mediated pathway)

Demonstrates knowledge of existing public health responses to the risks of climate change (legislative policies, alterations in built and natural environments, early warning systems, vector control programs, etc.)

Understands the role of climate co-benefits in the implementation of mitigation and adaptation policies

Investigates climate change and health

Identify events and conditions where climate change can undermine the effectiveness of existing health systems

Demonstrates knowledge of tools that can help assess, plan, and finance interventions on climate change and health (Air Q+, HEAT, GreenUR, BAR-HAP, etc), as well as current gaps in assessing climate risk and impacts on health

Recognises types of analysis that can be used to investigate the relationship between climate change and health (observational, model-based, etc.)

Forecasts health impacts of climate change

Conducts vulnerability assessments to monitor and evaluate the adaptation plans

Integrates climate change related evidence and projections into current and future climate resilient, adaptation, and mitigation efforts

Forecasts climate and environmental changes and their associated health outcomes using a range of tools (Air Q+, HEAT, GreenUR, BAR-HAP, etc.)

Promotes health adaptation to climate change

Communicates the evolution of the climate-health imperative by framing the message, localising the issue, and using co-benefit examples

Leverages windows of opportunity that allow for an integration of climate related health outcomes into local, regional, and national plans

Informs health sector measures for emissions reductions