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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Nature, Health and Well-being CPD Course

Dates:  11th, 14th, 18th and 21st March 2024

Venue: Online via Zoom

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There are many health risks associated with exposure to natural environments - allergies, ticks, drowning, algal blooms, antimicrobial resistance, to name a few. However, this course takes a much more positive view of the nature-health nexus. It investigates how natural environments can benefit the physical and mental health of humans in a variety of different ways and how this topic has become increasingly important in policy. 

Sea scene

What's the relationship between nature and health?

Sunset

How does the relationship work - by which mechanisms?

About the course

This course will explore how natural environments can benefit the physical and mental health of people in a variety of different ways. It will address the relationship between nature and health, how the relationship works, why this matters for the environment, public health and sustainability, as well as how you can apply these learnings in your own practice.

This course investigates the potential for the natural environment to be harnessed as a resource to improve human health and wellbeing.  The potential mechanisms, moderators, and applications for these health benefits will be explored, considering large data sets and key studies linking nature and exposure and health, both within the UK and around the world.

Led by national and international experts from The European Centre for Environment and Human Health, this four-day course will be delivered virtually. 

What will you learn

  • What’s the relationship between nature and health? 
  • How does the relationship work – by which mechanisms? 
  • Who does nature-health work for (and not work for)? 
  • Why does this matter for the environment, public health and sustainability? 
  • How can you apply these learnings in your own practice? 

CPD Accreditation

'Nature, Health and Wellbeing CPD Course' has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 14 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).

Delivery dates: 11th, 14th, 18th and 21st March 2024 (09:15-13:15)   

Delivery Format

This course will be delivered via half-days fully online. The sessions will use a combination of participatory methodologies including presentations, group discussions and breakout groups.

The course will include a pre-reading week, reflection week, and some self-directed study. We advise you to make every effort to join all sessions to gain the most out of the course. But if you are unable to attend any of the sessions the sessions will be recorded and made available. 

Delegate Rates

£660 - Includes the above and access to recorded lectures, resources and teaching materials 

£600 - Early bird rate (until 31st Dec 2023)

Feedback and Certificates

We will ask you to complete a polling survey at the end of each day. Your feedback will allow us to make adjustments for the next delivery session. 

At the end of the course, we will send you a certificate outlining your learning outcomes.  

The course is well suited to anyone across all sectors interested in the nexus of natural environments and human health. This can include SMEs, NGOs, and charities delivering nature-based activity programs, government agencies interested in nature or health, and local authority teams working in natural infrastructure, nature recovery, and public health. 

*No pre-requisites or specialist knowledge are required to undertake this course, which is well suited to interdisciplinary learning. 

 

Programme

(*The programme may be subject to minor amendments)

Pre-Reading Week: Delegates will be sent pre-reading material 4th March 2024  

We advise you to make every effort to join all sessions to gain the most out of the course.

Day 1:  11th March 2024 “What is the relationship between nature and health?”

0915-0955

Introduction to the course and its structure

Definitions of and exploring key concepts of ‘health’ and ‘environment’

0955-1000

BREAK

1000-1100

Introductions

1100-1130

BREAK

1130-1225

Nature and Mortality

1225-1230

BREAK

1230-1315

Review session

 Day 2:  14th March 2024 “How does the relationship work?” 

0915-0955

Nature and physical activity

0955-1000

BREAK

1000-1100

Stress, mental health, and social contact: Part 1

1100-1130

BREAK

1130-1225

Stress, mental health and social contact:  Part 2

1225-1230

BREAK

1230-1315

Review session

Day 3:  18th March 2024 “Who does the relationship work for?” 

0915-0955

Nature and Health Inequalities

0955-1000

BREAK

1000-1100

Nature and health across the life course

1100-1130

BREAK

1120-1225

Diverse environments and embedding diversity

1225-1230

BREAK

1230-1315

Review session

Day 4:  21st March 2024: “Applying nature, health and well-being scholarship”

0915-0955

Social prescribing of nature

0955-1000

BREAK

1000-1100

Environmental improvements and health

1100-1130

BREAK

1130-1200

Ensuring equity in interventions

1200-1230

Nature, biodiversity, health, and policy

1230-1235

BREAK

1235-1255

Review session

1255-1315

Wrap-up

 

Whether you study on-campus, virtually, or via a blended learning programme, you'll be supported by the University of Exeter's world-class faculty with wide-ranging opportunities to develop interdisciplinary and vocational skills. Find out more

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If you have any other enquiries about the course, please e-mail us.