Human Health and Natural Environments Certificate

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Explore the role(s) that the parks and recreation profession can have in making connections between the natural world and human health through this self-paced certificate program.

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The Human Health & Natural Environments Certificate introduces learners to the scientific concepts that positively or negatively impact human health. In addition, it will make parks and recreation practitioners aware of evidence and research that supports the aims of their profession. Finally, it enables learners to understand the importance of an ongoing need for stewardship of natural areas.

The Human Health & Natural Environments Certificate is entirely web-based and consists of seven course units, each culminating with an applied assignment that can be directly related to your community, organization, or agency. This course of study provides you with the opportunity to receive individualized feedback from knowledgeable instructors who review the elements of your portfolio.

Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate issued by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

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Course Schedule

This program allows for complete flexibility. You may take a couple of months or up to a year to complete the program. The Eppley Institute recommends that you complete one course and all companion assignments each month to ensure maximum retention and connection of material.

The certificate program includes the following elements:

  • Seven self-paced, self-study short (30-minutes or less) e-courses
  • Course assessments and independent study assignments, which are reviewed by course instructors, with substantive feedback provided
  • A Distributed Learning Platform site for storage of work and feedback

Course Progression:

  • Foundations of Human Health and Natural Environments
  • Natural Environments’ Health Promoting Attributes
  • Environmental Health and Public Lands
  • Making the Case for Nature and Health: Theoretical Arguments
  • Science and Public Lands
  • Sense of Place and Environmental Education
  • Innovations and Applications in Human Health and Natural Environments

Course Progression

  • Foundations of Human Health and Natural Environments
  • Natural Environments’ Health Promoting Attributes
  • Environmental Health and Public Lands
  • Making the Case for Nature and Health: Theoretical Arguments
  • Science and Public Lands
  • Sense of Place and Environmental Education
  • Innovations and Applications in Human Health and Natural Environments

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the diversity of definitions for health, wellness, and natural environments.
  • List the ways in which characteristics of natural environments can affect human health.
  • Discuss theoretical models and research-based support in the areas of human health, wellness, and natural environments.
  • Develop a personal belief system regarding the relationship between human health and natural environments.
  • Integrate a personal belief and research outcomes related to human health into a plan for recreation-based programming.

Recommended Background

Recommended Background:

Introduction to the Human Health and Natural Environments Series is geared towards park and recreation professionals and students in park, recreation, public health, and related disciplines. No prior knowledge is required to complete this certificate.

FAQ

Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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