Postgraduate taught 

Health Services Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Planetary Health MED5019

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

On this course students will develop an understanding of the relationship between the health of people and the Earth's natural systems, such as climate, biodiversity, water, food resources, air and land, and the role that the physical environment plays in health inequalities. Through interdisciplinary perspectives, students will develop the knowledge and skills required to be effective public health practitioners at a time of unprecedented environmental change.


Weekly sessions comprised of lectures, seminars, and asynchronous material.

Excluded Courses





Assessment 1 - Policy Brief [2,000w; 50%; ILO 2, 4, 5]

Assessment 2 - Report [1,500w; 50%; ILO 1, 3, 5]

Course Aims

To introduce students to the core concepts and principles of planetary health, in order to equip them with the knowledge and public health professional skills required to enable healthy people and places in the context of ecological and climate crises.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically discuss the related concepts of planetary health, environmental sustainability, and sustainable development

2. Critically appraise the relationship between key natural systems and human health, and intersection between environmental change and key public health challenges

3. Critically evaluate appropriate tools for public health practice to enable assessment and action on environmental determinants of health

4. Communicate with a range of stakeholders the potential areas of co-benefit and unintended consequences for efforts to address public health and environmental issues

5. Critically analyse and discuss the social, economic, political, educational, legal and ethical implications of current environmental issues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.