Understanding Planetary Health Data
This online credit-bearing course is an introduction to the concept of ‘planetary health’, defined as the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. Over 5 weeks students will be invited to develop skills in planetary health, data analysis, online group work, with discussion and assessment of key topics done through handling relevant large data sets.
In this 5 week short course students will be invited to develop skills in planetary health, data analysis and online group work. As a student on this course, you will discuss and assess key topics through handling relevant large data sets from UN, WHO and World Bank repositories. You will be introduced to tools and methods of data gathering, analysis and visualisation to support evidence-based decision-making in this field.
The concept of ‘planetary health’, defined as the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends, is an exciting emergent field of research and study. Data interpretation, synthesis, analysis and translation is central to how Planetary Health is evidenced and understood. This course invites students to consider the data implications of key concepts of Planetary Health e.g. planetary boundaries, pandemics, climate change, food and nutrition security.
Course Delivery Information
|Start Date:||28th February 2022|
|Course Duration:||5 weeks|
|Total Hours:||100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )|
|Method of Assessment:||Coursework 100 %|
This is an intermediate Masters-level course (SCQF Level 11). It develops your skills and/or provides a broad understanding of the subject in some detail - some foundational knowledge is required. Please see the entry requirements for further details. Masters-level courses are relatively intensive and require independent learning, critical thinking, analysis and reflection.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. We may also consider your application if your background does not meet this criteria and you have relevant work experience.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English Language Requirements
You must be comfortable studying and learning in English if it is not your first language.
Course Fees and Funding
Course fees for 21/22 are £960, but funded places are available for people employed, unemployed or furloughed in Scotland who meet Scottish Funding Council elgibility criteria:
Determining eligibility for a funded place for upskilling takes a number of things into account, including fee status, but also location of employer. SFC provide guidance specifically for upskilling courses:
“Courses/provision is open to all Scottish-domiciled/’home fee’ students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places. Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. If however a university is working with a Scottish/UK employer which has a physical presence or operating in Scotland, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.”
Organisations like UKCISA, and the University, provide guidance on how to determine your fee status:
- Information on current fee status regulations for studying in Scotland is available here: https://ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Scotland-fee-status-for-students-starting-from-August-2021.
- You can check your likely fee status here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/tuition-fees/fee-status/work-out
If your fee status is Scotland Fee Rate, RUK Fee Rate, or EU-EEA Pre/Settled Scotland Fee rate, you may be eligible for a funded upskilling place. To determine this we will look at your fee status, residency information and, where relevant, details of your employer, to confirm whether the employer is based in, or has a significant presence, in Scotland.
Funding eligibility will be assessed at the point of each application for each course; you may be asked to provide further information if you do not meet the general residence conditions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your funding eligibility before applying.
Please note that full-time students (including full-time PhD students) are not eligible for funding.
Applications for February 2022 are now open.
In order to verify that you meet the entry requirements for this course, you will be required to provide either:
- a degree certificate/transcript for your highest/most relevant academic qualification, or
- a CV and reference from an employer (if employed) or professional associate (if unemployed) outlining your suitability for the course
The degree certificate/transcript or CV should be emailed to email@example.com within 24 hours of submitting your application. References should be emailed to the same address (from an institutional/company account if from your employer) within 1 week of submitting your application.
Once complete, your application will be processed in 1-2 weeks. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis with priority given to applicants who meet the criteria for a funded place. We aim to email all applicants within 2 weeks of submission regardless of the outcome of their application.
Applications will close on 13th February 2022