Ecology in undergraduate education in the health field: promoting an exercise in citizenship and critical reflection committed to life

Based on a literature review, this paper invites the reader to reflect on the importance of ecological issues as part of undergraduate training in health. Key aspects include a review of Agenda 21 and the interactions between industrial processes, consumption, technological innovations, and degradation of health and the environment. The central proposal in this discussion is sensitization to incorporate the debate on the relationship between the environment and health into the curriculum in various health courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Such reflections in the academic sphere are potential ways to foster responsibility by future health professionals in their exercise of citizenship, highlighting current and future commitment to life and the living conditions and quality of life for individuals, society, and the planet.

Environmental education; Healthy education; Education highes; Health personnel


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