Planetary Health Brick Collection

This Rx Planetary Health Brick Collection focuses on the interplay between human health and the environment, equipping current and future healthcare professionals to address the impact of a shifting climate effectively.

The Planetary Health Brick Collection

Comprehensive and High-Yield Bricks

The Planetary Health Brick Collection is a comprehensive resource for building a Planetary Health curriculum that will prepare medical students for the challenges of a changing climate and environmental pollution. Developed by ScholarRx and the Medical Student Alliance for Global Education, this collection of high-yield, interactive Bricks was edited by one of the foremost experts in the field and offers a comprehensive look at an increasingly crucial topic.

These free, open-access Bricks can be used in your courses immediately. Connect them to Respiratory, Mental Health, or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Bricks to round out your classes and set your students up for future success.

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Introduction to Planetary Health
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Air Pollution
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Water Quality
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Climate Change and Health
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Extreme Heat
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Severe Weather Events
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Vector Ecology and Zoonoses
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Food and Water Security
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Mental Health and the Environment
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Climate Migration and Displacement
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Climate-Related Disaster Preparedness
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Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
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Environmental Justice
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Health Systems and the Environment
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Curriculum Support for Medical Schools

Our Planetary Health Brick Collection is designed to support medical schools that are seeking to integrate Planetary Health into their curriculum. This comprehensive collection of Bricks provides a helpful, out-of-the-box solution that can be used to educate future health professionals on the relationship between human health and the environment and how to tackle the challenges that a changing climate and environmental pollution present.

Aligned with the Planetary Health Report Card

Our Planetary Health collection of Rx Bricks is designed to empower future health professionals by providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to make a significant impact on global health challenges. This collection is in alignment with the objectives of the Planetary Health Report Card, a pioneering initiative aimed at evaluating and enhancing medical schools' focus on planetary health. The goal is to ensure that learners are not only prepared to excel academically but are also equipped to lead the charge in advocating for and implementing sustainable health practices that protect our planet and improve human health outcomes.

MeSAGE is a global collaboration of student organizations working together to develop medical education content that fosters:

  • Clinical Excellence
  • Cultural Competence
  • Health Equity

MeSAGE is dedicated to providing student organizations with the tools to influence health professions curricula. MeSAGE aims to develop open-access content through high-yield, interactive Bricks. With the participation of student organizations from various regions around the globe, MeSAGE is the largest student-driven curriculum alliance in existence. Our members include over 1.4 million medical students from more than 130 countries.

Protect and Sustain our Health and Livelihoods

We believe that a healthy planet and healthy people are two sides of the same coin. The WHO stated, “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.” This is why our Planetary Health Brick Collection is dedicated to helping medical schools protect and sustain our health and livelihoods through a comprehensive curriculum on planetary health. With this collection of Bricks, you can be sure that your medical students are prepared for the future.

By the Numbers

Human activities have led to various global environmental changes, many of which have led to global disruptions of Earth's natural systems, like climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, biodiversity loss, and pollution. They have also led to:

Million Premature Deaths

per year


Global Deaths

linked to modifiable environmental risks

Planetary Boundaries Exceeded

as of 2022

The World Health Organization estimates that 13 - 32% of the global disease burden is attributable to environmental determinants of health.

"The health gains achieved in the past 50 years of global economic development could be reversed by 2050 due to the consequences of climate change."

― The Lancet Commission