Planetary Health Education

Planetary health education has been rapidly expanding with new courses, lecture series, degree programs, faculty positions, and cross-university initiatives emerging across the globe. The PHA is dedicated to supporting and amplifying these efforts, and to convening students and educators around the world in order to share and co-create planetary health resources that bridge knowledge and action. Explore introductory planetary health education materials, recent PHA education efforts, and materials by thematic area below! 

Introductory Materials & Resources

As you learn about planetary health and incorporate it into your coursework, here are some resources to help you get started. Follow the links below for multimedia resources, databases, and the cross cutting principles of planetary health education.

- Introductory planetary health presentation (download/make a copy to adapt presentation)
- TelessaudeRS Planetary Health Course (Portuguese, English)
- Multimedia Resources

Current PHA education projects

The Planetary Health Education Framework aims to guide the education of global citizens, practitioners, and professionals able and willing to address the complex Planetary Health challenges of our world today. The framework also seeks to inspire all peoples across the globe to create, restore, steward, and conserve healthy ecosystems for a thriving human civilization. We envisage that the framework will contribute to positive outcomes for the biosphere, overcoming the Planetary Health challenges before us.

The Planetary Health Education framework considers five foundational domains that we as a group believe comprise the essence of Planetary Health knowledge, values, and practice: 
  • (1) interconnection within Nature
  • (2) the Anthropocene and health
  • (3) equity and social justice
  • (4) movement building and systems change
  • (5) systems thinking and complexity

Interested in engaging with other planetary health educators and learners to share resources, ideas, lessons learned, and start new projects? Join the Planetary Health Education working groups on the PHA Online Members Community on Hylo! Planetary health education has been rapidly expanding, with new courses, lecture series, degree programs, faculty positions, and cross-university initiatives emerging across the globe. Join our Hylo community to never miss the latest in planetary health education. Currently, there are active groups in PH Education, PH Higher Education, PH K-12 Education, and PH Case Studies.

Help us build a Planetary Health Education Resource Database by filling out this form! In response to requests from our community to collate "who's doing what where" in planetary health education, we've begun the process of creating an open-access database of existing planetary health education resources and opportunities from around the world. Educational resources can include any planetary health-related course or class (K-12 to graduate-level), certificate or degree program, survey or scorecard, any academic opportunity (e.g. scholarships, fellowships, experiential learning), and more!

As the world of planetary health education moves forward, the Planetary Health Alliance is excited to support the Planetary Health Competency Framework project to build upon the groundwork laid by the 12 cross-cutting principles of planetary health education. Expected to be published by Fall 2020, the project’s goal is to create the first interprofessional planetary health competency framework by establishing a common understanding of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes unique to planetary health. We hope the Planetary Health Competency Framework will inspire and inform the creation of future educational programs and assessment resources that will equip the next generation of planetary health citizens with the tools they need to comprehend, promote, and further the science and practice of planetary health.

In June 2020, the PHA published Planetary Health Case Studies: An Anthology of Solutions, a free collection of case studies and teaching guides that weaves together science and stories to demonstrate how we can utilize principles of planetary health to create a healthier future for all. Each of the ten diverse case studies were chosen to create a cohesive anthology of examples ranging in thematic area, approach, and geographic region, and are accompanied by learning objectives and teaching guides for learners and educators to effectively connect theory with practice, and broad knowledge with local realities.

The Planetary Health Alliance is excited to announce Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves, co-edited by Dr. Samuel Myers and Dr. Howard Frumkin, to be published on August 13, 2020. With an interdisciplinary approach, the book addresses a wide range of health impacts felt in the Anthropocene, including food and nutrition, infectious disease, non-communicable disease, dislocation and conflict, and mental health. It also presents strategies to combat environmental changes and its ill-effects, such as controlling toxic exposures, investing in clean energy, improving urban design, and more. Chapters are authored by widely recognized experts. You can inquire about educator examination copies here.

Explore planetary health education by thematic area

Planetary health addresses a variety of environmental changes and health impacts. Representing planetary health in your schools and classrooms requires the exploration of diverse and interconnected topics across various disciplines, centered on showcasing humanity's profound impact on Earth's natural systems and how accelerating global environmental change affects our health and well-being. Explore resources by thematic area below.

Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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