Responding to the need of postgraduate education for Planetary Health: development of an online Master's Degree

O’Callaghan-Gordo, Cristina, Moreno, Ariadna, Bosque-Prous, Marina, Castro Sanchez, Enrique ORCID:, Dadvand, Payam, Faerron Guzmán, Carlos A., García Juanatey, Ana, Gascon, Mireia, Grau, Oriol, Jordana, Jacint, Lowe, Rachel, March, Hug, Xavier Medina, F., Melon, Lela, Navas, Grettel, Núñez Casal, Andrea, Ruiz-Mallén, Isabel, Sánchez-Valdivia, Nacho, Tonne, Cathryn, Triguero-Mas, Margarita, Zografos, Christos and Antó, Josep M. (2022) Responding to the need of postgraduate education for Planetary Health: development of an online Master's Degree. Frontiers in Public Health. (In Press)

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The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) have developed an online and asynchronous Master in Science (MSc) in Planetary Health. The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of academics and professionals who understand the challenges of Planetary Health and have tools to tackle them. The design of this MSc was based on: the alignment of the programme with the principles for Planetary Health education with a focus on human health; a multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary approach; the urgency to respond to the Anthropocene challenges; and the commitment to the 2030 Agenda.
The MSc was recognized as an official degree by the Spanish academic system on April 2021 and launched in October 2021. There are currently more than 50 students enrolled in the program coming from a broad range of disciplines and geographic locations.
This article describes the development of the curriculum of this MSc, presents the main characteristics of the programme and discusses some of the challenges encountered in the development of the programme and its implementation.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.969065
Keywords: curriculum development, Education for sustainable development (EfSD), Master in Science, Planetary Health education, postgraduate education, sustainable development goals – SDG
Subjects: Education > Higher education
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Depositing User: Enrique Castro Sanchez
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 14:28
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 14:28


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