U21 Health Sciences SDG Initiative

Sustainable Development Goals Initiative Presentation

Promoting knowledge and understanding of the SDGs within the health science curriculum. 

Higher education must be forward looking. It must prepare our students for the changes and challenges ahead. The UN´s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals provide a lens through which we can look at these changes and challenges. Educators, students and future health professionals need to understand and recognise the responsibility to work toward achieving the SGDs. In this presentation we present a number of examples and inspiration on how to get the SDGs embedded in curricula.


In 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The goals of the UN SDG initiative are:

  • To enlist academic institutions that provide health professional training to participate in the education and training of SD
  • To incorporate the SDGs into health care curricula through the use of case-study pedagogy
  • To promote global values of professionalism, ethics, and social responsibility in the health professionals of tomorrow
  • To encourage students to participate in field work in local and global under-served communities and attain the SDG targets in those specific communities
  • To facilitate interprofessional learning
  • To foster understanding of interprofessional working in global health issues

Read more about the initiative here