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HPER71-116: Planetary Health May 2021 [Mixed (Face-to-Face)]

General information

The primary intention of this subject is for participants to explore ‘health’, from the evolution of global, public and population health through to planetary health. One definition of planetary health is the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. Human health and well-being are thus intrinsically connected to the environment. In this subject, participants will reflect on the impact that the changing environment has on human health and well-being in different populations from a range of perspectives: Ethical, equity, advocacy, social and environmental or ecological justice. In tracing the ‘evolution’ of population health to planetary health, we will explore how innovations, such as vaccinations, have led to improved health outcomes. We will also examine how the current threats to human health, such as climate change, water shortages, antibiotic resistance and food insecurity have the potential to wipe out the health gains of the past 50 years. As the world population continues to increase, we will explore the policies and strategies required to address current and future challenges to human health and well-being. 


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:HPER71-116
Subject title:Planetary Health
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:

Mixed (Face-to-Face)

Workload items:
  • Workshop: x1 (Total hours: 8) - Intensive workshop
  • Tutorial: x10 (Total hours: 30) - Weekly self-paced tutorials
  • Personal Study Hours: x10 (Total hours: 70) - Recommended study hours
  • Online Discussion Board: x1 (Total hours: 9) - Discussion of key weekly questions.
  • Tutorial: x3 (Total hours: 3) - Discussion and assessment preview
Attendance and learning activities: Students will be required to attend a one-day workshop.


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Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Students on US Financial Aid
  • Students on a Student Visa who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Discuss the concept of health and well-being in a complex, changing world.
  2. Explain what is meant by 'planetary health'.
  3. Compare historical and current trends in global disease patterns to explain terms such as demographic transition, epidemiological transition and ecological transition.
  4. Discuss the environment as a determinant of health and explain why the world is in 'ecological transition', including the implications for future generations.
  5. Explain what is meant by (environmental) sustainability, such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable healthcare.
  6. Summarise the role of ethics, justice, advocacy and activism in ensuring sustainable health and well-being.
  7. Formulate strategies and policies to tackle current and future threats to health and well-being both locally and globally.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Exercise Personal reflection - 1500-1800 words 20% Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4.
Literature Review Literature Review - 3500 words +/-10% 40% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Presentation Video Presentation - 15-20 mins 40% Week 12 5, 6, 7.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Health and well-being will be explored from different perspectives. Justice would include ecological, climate and intergenerational.

The best example is the WHO. A local body would be the Australian Medical Association.

Human development transitions,from demographic, epidemiological and ecological, will be explored.

Epidemiology, disease profiles, environmental factors, vulnerability.

Determinants of health, e.g. ecological and social plus how health and well-being is measured, such as Global Burden of Diseases Study.

Environmental sustainability and a consideration of weak and strong sustainability models. Also discussed will be the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The footprint of healthcare will be explored.

Using, e.g. the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, adaptation and mitigation strategies will be discussed.

Approved on: Mar 9, 2021. Edition: 6.1