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Planetary HealthOrganization logo: Utrecht University

About this course


Our health is affected by the environment we live in. By our social and community networks, our living and working conditions, the society we are part of, the countries and continents we live in, the health of animals and the environment we share with them, and the state of the natural systems on this planet. In this course, we will discuss, together with experts and guest lecturers in the field, the impacts, and challenges of planetary health from a global perspective.

Because health has many determinants that exceed the ‘biomedical’ domain, an interdisciplinary approach is required to tackle these global challenges. As such, we will discuss various topics, including environmental contributors to health (e.g. air pollution), climate change, disaster management, health system resilience, gender, human rights and global health governance. This course is open to students from any background interested in these topics.
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Learning outcomes


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain major concepts and commonly used terms in Global Health, environmental health and planetary health.
  • Understand the anticipated impacts of climate change and disasters on health.
  • Appreciate a (human) rights and gender-based approach to global health, environmental health and climate change.
  • Understand how a transdisciplinary approach is necessary to solve the large global challenges related to Planetary Health

Prior knowledge

You must meet the following requirements

  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Medicine
  • Enrolled for one of the following degree programmes
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pedagogical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Code
  • Credits
    ECTS 7.5
  • Contact coordinator
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  • Start date

    22 april 2024

    • Ends
      28 juni 2024
    • Term *
      Period 4
    • Location
    • Instruction language
These offerings are valid for students of TU Eindhoven