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Promoting Human and Planetary Health: Tools for a Sustainable Future Microcredential from Deakin University

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Entry requirements

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

  • 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.
  • This microcredential is available ‘on demand’, as such it is open in 6 week learning periods. Learners can commence at any time and complete in a minimum 6 weeks, or maximum 6 month period. The opportunity to join live sessions and assessment windows are provided regularly to ensure all learners receive the same level of support.

Is this microcredential right for you?

  • This microcredential is for people working to influence and improve public health, health promotion and health protection in community and women’s health, in local, state and federal government organisations and the not-for-profit sector.
  • This microcredential can be stacked together with related Deakin stackable short courses (micro-credentials) to build towards full postgraduate Deakin degrees:
  • Master of Health and Human Services Management
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Promotion
  • Master of Sustainability (claimable from 2023 onwards)

Months of entry


Course content

Tools for a sustainable future Human health is inextricably tied up with the health of the planet. 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 in this online 6 week course.

What you’ll learn

In this stackable short course (microcredential), 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 inter-disciplinary 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).

Co-designed with industry

This industry-led stackable short course (microcredential) is co-designed with with health organisations including Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership, Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service and enLiven. Together, we’ve designed a course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Stackable or standalone

This microcredential can be completed to receive a standalone credential or stacked together with related stackable microcredentials to build towards a full postgraduate Deakin degree later.

What skills will you learn?

  • Analyse health challenges
  • Analyse health opportunities
  • Develop health models
  • Identify health needs
  • Collaborate with stakeholders
  • Create sustainable strategies
  • Propose evidence-based initiatives
  • Promote sustainable health

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • 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.

Enrolment closes soon! Join by 7 Apr 2022 at 00:00

Information for international students

This course is taught fully online so is suitable to be studied anywhere in the world.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • University Credits
    2 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

0.5 Deakin Credit Points at Postgraduate level from Deakin University and a Digital Certificate and Badge from Deakin University and Credly


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

FutureLearn Community Team