Online Course
An Introduction to Environmental Physiotherapy
Learn how your clinical practice can have an impact on the global environment and planetary health

1-1.5 hours





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Filip Maric
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Filip Maric is a Lecturer and the Founder and Executive Chair of the Environmental Physiotherapy Association

To envision, explore, enhance, and employ environmental physiotherapy

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Environmental physiotherapy is an entirely new field of physiotherapy practice, research and education. It is concerned with exploring the relationship between the environment, human health and functioning in relation to all aspects of physiotherapy. This course provides an overview of environmental physiotherapy, its relationship to parallel developments across healthcare and society at large, and the many questions it raises. Because this is a field that is under development, this is not a typical course aimed at passing on existing information. Rather, it is an effort to inspire and invite you to think, ask questions, research, practice and get involved in the development of this urgently needed and exciting new area.


This course provides an introductory overview of environmental physiotherapy and extends an invitation to participate in the development of this new field of physiotherapy practice, research and education.


The course consists of a video presentation, a selection of recommended readings and a final 15-question quiz. It is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

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

  • list two key areas of environmental physiotherapy
  • choose two ways of changing physiotherapy practice to enhance planetary health
  • identify three key drivers in environmental change
  • describe two ways that climate change may impact human health
  • use an example to describe active transport

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Filip Maric: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I am getting goosebumps of excitement that a new concept of environmental physiotherapy and nature-based therapeutic intervention in physiotherapy is appearing. This exciting introduction is terrific as it explains the definition and importance of the link and promotes its efficiency in clinical practice for various conditions. Further pursuits of gaining enlightenment through research and implementation around this specialised area will be phenomenal.
South Africa
An outstanding course! This topic made us think broadly about physical therapy and its relation to the environment around us, not just the indoor intervention.
This is a great course, that highlights a new field of the Physiotherapy profession - environmental physiotherapy. This course gives us lots of information on how important the environment is for our Health system.
Denise Janin
Environmental Physiotherapy course broadens one's horizon.
Olakunle Olalekan AFOLABI
This is a thought-provoking introduction to environmental physiotherapy. The ideas are clearly presented and are critically relevant to us all. I look forward to the full-length course.
Sarah Jones
South Africa