Promoting Human and Planetary Health

Deakin stackable short courses | 100% online

Tools for a sustainable future

Gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of human and planetary health, why it is critically important for the health of humans and the environment, and how to work toward sustainable health outcomes that benefit both.

  • Start date
    29 Nov 21
  • Duration
    6 weeks
  • Study mode
  • Investment
    $1250 (inc. GST)

Job skills outcome

After completion of the course, you will be able to apply these skills immediately in your workplace.

  • Analyse the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation for human health.
  • Analyse the opportunities for integrating human and planetary health in health promotion initiatives.
  • Develop and apply models for promoting health and addressing threats to the environment.
  • Analyse needs, identify stakeholders and generate potential strategies to achieve sustainable ecological health outcomes.
  • Propose and justify an evidence-based initiative addressing a priority health issue using an ecological health approach.

Reshaping university education

An innovative learning structure delivered by a leading university. With more than 40 years’ experience in distance and online education, we’re proud to be adding this unique study format to our repertoire and providing more choice for your learning experience.

Co-designed with industry

Together with industry, we’ve designed a short course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Meet the experts

Dr Rebecca Patrick is Course Director, Master of Health and Human Services Management, and Director, Sustainable Health Network at Deakin University.

Sue Noy is a Sessional Academic, Research Fellow and Member of the Health Nature Sustainability Research Group at Deakin’s Faculty of Health.  

Teresa Capetola is Course Director, Master of Health Promotion and Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development at Deakin’s Faculty of Health. Teresa is Co-President of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

Jo Brown is Manager Health and Wellbeing at Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership (SGGPCP), with a work focus on health promotion and climate change.

Georgia Langmaid is Planetary Health Project Officer at enliven Victoria, a health promoting charity that aims to improve health and social wellbeing for vulnerable groups.

Aileen Thoms is the Director of Primary Health and Innovation at the Kooweerup Regional Health Service, a public hospital caring for the health and wellbeing of local residents.

You’ll also meet a panel of Deakin experts who will share their perspectives on sustainability: Janine McBurnie (environmental management), Tom Keel (built environment) and Teresa Capetola (health promotion).

Meet the organisations

This industry-led stackable short course is co-designed with health organisations including Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care PartnershipKoo Wee Rup Regional Health Service and enLiven.

Course overview

How you'll learn

Go at your own pace with support from your educator and fellow learners during online learning activities and discussions. Complete your course within 6 weeks, including the assessment, or take extra time and use the regular assessment submission windows to complete within 20–26 weeks of your enrolment.

What you’ll learn

During the short course you’ll:

  • learn about the relationship between human health and the environment, and the challenges and opportunities for promotion
  • identify the principles for healthy, just and sustainable communities, including sustainable health paradigms and global mandates
  • explore systems thinking and health, looking at interdisciplinary collaborations, and environment and social justice
  • study the approaches to promoting human health and health of the environment, with a focus on the global food system and climate change
  • learn to lead, design, plan and evaluate co-benefit initiatives using systems thinking tools and approaches.

How you’re assessed

Your assessment has two parts: first, a written report making a case for action on a health problem in a setting relevant to your practice. Second, a video presentation reflecting on your learning (total assessment equivalent 2500 words).

Entry requirements

To be successful we recommend you are proficient in English and have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related field or significant work experience.

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Complete one stackable short course as a standalone credential or stack multiple related short courses and build towards a full postgraduate degree at Deakin.

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*Subject to successful completion of the short course and meeting Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements. Complete a maximum of two of these stackable short courses (earning 1 Deakin credit point) for a related degree.