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Integrating Sustainable Development into Healthcare Curriculum

Integrating Sustainable Development into the Curriculum

ISBN: 978-1-78769-942-7, eISBN: 978-1-78769-941-0

Publication date: 18 March 2020


This chapter will set the scene for the need of sustainable development in the healthcare curriculum by discussing the contemporary context of healthcare provision and its associated challenges. This is specifically in the context of wicked or complex problems. An exploration of what gives rise to such problems is used to lead into integrated care as a proposed solution and its associated drivers. This is considered in relation to sustainability and curriculum development with a focus on two examples: the creation of a post-graduate curriculum to teach sustainable integrated care to clinical staff and a new pedagogical approach called socially immersive learning. Through this the challenges of barriers and enablers to integrated care will be considered and the extent to which a global mind-set transition might occur among participants to align sustainable development goals.



Gurbutt, R. and Gurbutt, D. (2020), "Integrating Sustainable Development into Healthcare Curriculum", Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P. and Yamin, T.S. (Ed.) Integrating Sustainable Development into the Curriculum (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 15-24.



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