Short course Planetary Health 2022

Planetary health recognises that human health and the health of our planet are interconnected. This course aims to understand how essential it is to integrate a planetary health lens and strategy into humanitarian action.

Information

Period

3 October 2022 - 14 October 2022
2 ECTS credits
50 Distance teaching hours
2 weeks

Language

English

Format

On-site – switch over to online-learning if required

Contact

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
+41 (0)22 379 56 50
humanitarianstudies(at)unige.ch

Location

Online

Registration

Registration deadline

11 September 2022

Fees:

Total fees: CHF 1’700.-
Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 400.-
There is no available scholarship for this programme.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

Objectives

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of framing humanitarian crises through a planetary lens;
  • recognise the environmental crisis as a catalyst or exacerbator of humanitarian crises and that most vulnerable countries and people are most affected;
  • understand how climate change, pollution of air and water, biodiversity loss, disruption to our food production system, and changing patterns of diseases are affecting human health and healthcare systems;
  • analyse how acute climate-related shocks (e.g. floods, sea level rising) or chronic (e.g. drought and desertification) increase human mobility;
  • learn more about policies addressing the environmental crisis;
  • examine how organisations address environmental degradation through operational adaptation and mitigation practices to limit their ecological footprint;
  • utiles tools available to conduct environmental and health assessments.

Audience

• Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to explore options for mitigation and adaptation to systemic disruptions of planetary health.

• Professionals in the health sector who seek to develop their understanding of the interconnection between health, climate, environment and humanitarian responses.

• Professionals from other sectors (policy-making, donor agencies, government officials) who wish to develop their competencies in the health and humanitarian sectors.

Programme

Structure of the course

• Definition and scope of planetary health
• Conflict and the environment
• Conflict-related issues and social/gender inclusion
• Food and water scarcity
• Infectious diseases
• Anticipating extreme weather events to reduce their impact
• Climate change, migration and health nexus
• Air pollution and health systems
• The loss of biodiversity

 

Director(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

Admission criteria

Admission requirements:

  1. a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  2. at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  3. excellent command of English;
  4. motivation working in the humanitarian sector.

Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).

More information about the admission process is available on our application page.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

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