Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Promoting Human and Planetary Health: Tools for a Sustainable Future

Gain immediate skills to promote sustainable human and planetary health.

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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.

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.

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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.

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)


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You will have access to the welcome area to introduce yourself and familiarise yourself with the microcredential structure

  • Course

    From 29 Nov 2021

    Promoting Human and Planetary Health

    Gain immediate skills to promote sustainable human and planetary health.

    6 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Upon successful completion, you will receive a statement of completion from FutureLearn and a digital certificate from Deakin University

What you will receive

0.5 Deakin Credit Points at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

Please see the details for use of credit at the end of the page.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Digital Certificate and Badge from Deakin University and Credly

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Additional benefits

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 is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Delivered by experts

Director, Sustainable Health Network and Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group at Deakin University Australia

Sue teaches and researches links between health, nature and climate change at Deakin University. She teaches skills for interdisciplinary and systems thinking approaches to create sustainable futures

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear about future runs and updates.

  • Join by 13 Jul 2023 at 00:00This microcredential started 7 Apr 2022

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We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

This microcredential can be stacked together with related Deakin stackable short courses (microcredentials):

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)

To claim credit towards a degree at Deakin University, you must pass the assessment and meet all entry requirements relevant for the course you’re applying to, including English language proficiency.

Complete a maximum of two stackable microcredentials (earning 1 Deakin credit point) towards a Master degree.

This microcredential has been developed by Deakin University at an AQF9 (Masters level) standard and provides Credit into a range of degrees.

As there is no standard for credit in Australia, at Deakin University this credential equates to half a point of academic credit, equal to half a unit of postgraduate study.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.